Mercedes well ahead as Alonso misses session

2013 German Grand Prix first practice

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013Mercedes were on top by a clear second in the first practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton headed the times with a 1’31.754 while team mate Nico Rosberg made a late improvement to end up just two tenths of a second slower.

The next quickest car behind the W04s was Mark Webber’s Red Bull on a 1’32.789.

Fernando Alonso’s weekend suffered a setback when his car stopped on the approach to turn five shortly after he left the pits.

His Ferrari was returned to the team’s garage and he returned to the track halfway through the session. But Alonso reported back he had the “same problem” and cruised back into the pits where he spent the rest of the session.

Team mate Felipe Massa was one of several drivers to report they were having problems with the DRS telemetry signal. They were later told to ignore conflicting messages and only use the device in the designated zones. Several drivers were reminded not to activate it too early at the exit of the last corner, which may have affected their lap times.

Massa ended up sixth fastest behind Adrian Sutil’s Force India and Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.

Jenson Button was an encouraging seventh for McLaren, his race engineer saying they’d had a “good session” as the chequered flag came out. The second McLaren of Sergio Perez was also in the top ten behind Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean.

The session passed without incident despite concerns over the tyres, which have been changed for this weekend’s race following the problems seen at Silverstone.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’31.754 25
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.973 0.219 25
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.789 1.035 22
4 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.822 1.068 16
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’32.956 1.202 22
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.065 1.311 18
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.139 1.385 24
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.213 1.459 20
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.260 1.506 27
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’33.456 1.702 18
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.493 1.739 18
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.810 2.056 20
13 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.901 2.147 23
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.976 2.222 26
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.025 2.271 20
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’34.200 2.446 22
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.437 2.683 24
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’35.674 3.920 23
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’35.987 4.233 19
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’36.078 4.324 23
21 22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.459 5.705 21
22 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 2

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126 comments on Mercedes well ahead as Alonso misses session

  1. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 5th July 2013, 10:43

    If Mercedes keep going at this rate, they will obliterate the 2011 pole time of 1:30.079 by Mark Webber. Jenson looks quick again, but I was a bit disappointed by the pace of the Toro Rossos. Also, so far this weekend Webber is ahead of Vettel again…

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 5th July 2013, 13:34

      I would love to see Lewis win the championship this year, if only to see the pundits dining on their hats. Hope Webbo has a good race, now I must go and stick some more pins in my model of RBR1.

  2. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 5th July 2013, 10:44

    Nice to see Mercedes progressing well. They are the only team that can beat Red Bull in my mind.

  3. GuitarGraham said on 5th July 2013, 10:48

    That’s quite a gap. Wonder if the new tyre limits are having an effect

  4. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 5th July 2013, 10:49

    Mercedes look brilliant. The balance? Perfect. The grip? Awesome. The deg? What deg? Has Hamilton finally got the car he needs to dominate in Formula 1?

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 10:55

      Much of it achieved courtesy the congenital cheat Ross Brawn’s plans. I hope neither he nor Merc win their respective championships….

      • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 5th July 2013, 11:00

        Yes, Ross Brawn the “congenital cheat” and Adrian Newey the “genius”…

        • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:02

          Of course…since Newey has never been proven to have cheated. Brawn has, even the tribunal have admitted as much, by excluding Merc from the YDT.

          • Akin Aslan (@hamfanatic) said on 5th July 2013, 11:24

            Really? I think it was last year when they had won a race with holes in the floor (monaco) wich was deemed to be illegal. Not mentioning their flexible wing

          • JCost (@jcost) said on 5th July 2013, 13:21


            Once they will seat out, YDT should clear the black clouds over them.

            Personally I think their test helped because they gathered huge amout of data, but I doubt they tested new parts there.

          • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 14:41

            @jcost Maybe not new parts, but they certainly gained a better understanding of the tyres.

      • svarun (@svarun) said on 5th July 2013, 11:01

        This is absolutely shocking because no team can change fortunes in such a short span.
        The 3 days ill-legal test will have a huge impact on atleast WCC.

      • 5150 (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:02

        +1 Seems cheating pays!! Cheaters cheer for cheaters. That’s the problem with our world nowadays.

        • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 11:21

          That’s total nonesense. The fact that they have been able to figure the tyres out means they would have done it by now anyway with or without the test. They may not have won 2 races yet but they’d have figured the tyres out by now. To deny this is to deny the quality of the engineers at Brackley. Bob Bell, Aldo Costa, Geoff Willis, Andy Shovlin, Ross Brawn, Paddy Lowe etc. etc. It’s a real star studded cast they have for this year so being quick was inevitable at some stage in the season. If the test was so crucial then we should see the rest of the field pull back away from them when they have to sit out the upcoming tyre test and doubt that will happen. An eye for an eye is fair, and that is what has happened. Red Bull wanted Both eyes, Brain, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, arms and legs for an eye because it would give them an advantage. Don’t be fooled into thinking their protests are motivated by honour and sporting ethics because they aren’t. Far from it!!

          • 5150 (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:35

            No it doesn’t. On basis of he last 3 years we can claim that they’re not the stars you think they are!
            I am not fooled by anything. I don’t give a damn about RB protests. Mercedes cheated. Fact.
            They don’t deserve anything. Nor the wins nor the credit people give them.

            Cheer on.

          • Sheila (@st91) said on 5th July 2013, 12:19

            How can anyone deny that the test helped Mercedes A LOT on their tyre issues? They had the practically the same engineers since 2010 and they couldn’t solve their tyre problems in two seasons, now this year they had the same problem and magically since the test they’re one of the teams that have LESS degradation.
            I’m sorry because I like both Lewis and Rosberg a lot but any of their wins now will be tainted in my view because of this whole testgate fiasco.

          • andrewf1 (@andrewf1) said on 5th July 2013, 13:05


            “An eye for an eye is fair, and that is what has happened. Red Bull wanted both eyes, Brain, Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, arms and legs for an eye because it would give them an advantage”

            I haven’t laughed so hard for quite a while now :)) that was brilliant

          • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 13:39


            Sorry but your comment doesn’t add up and its incorrect anyway.

            If the engineers at Brackley were incapable of figuring the tyres out in 2 years how could they hope to in one test?

            Well its because the Dream Team has only been assembled long enough to have an effect on W04.

        • zimkazimka (@zimkazimka) said on 5th July 2013, 11:57

          Wasn’t Merc’s pace quite good in quali even before the cheating accusation? Also, their two wins happened in Monaco, where they were expected to be good and in UK, where Lewis suffered a tire blowout like others, and where Seb was giving him a good chase anyway. Are you saying that this team’s performance shouldn’t have improved since Spain at all? the only aspect they had to work on is keeping the pace over long distances. Well, they had quite a lot of time to do that, test or not. By this logic, the rest of the field should fly to the moon following the YDT.

      • Dphect (@dphect) said on 5th July 2013, 11:22

        I don’t suppose you noticed they were getting excellent qualifying times before the ‘testgate’? Also you should know teams are always looking for regulation loopholes, Redbull, McLaren, Lotus etc… it’s all part of the game. So in that case, you’d say all of the teams are trying to “cheat” the system. Myself, I’d call it thinking outside of the box.

        But since the sneaky test, they have seemed to make a good step in tyre performance over race day stints. So it does seem to of aided their progression in this area of their car.

        Oddly it’s not letting me login today, no idea why.

        • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 11:56

          It is absolute nonesense! Most of those tech guys have only been around long enough to have an impact on this years car. The previous W01, 2 and 3 were signed off well before Brawn amassed his super team. This year’s car is the first true reflection of the capability of the new engineering department at Brackley. All those names have got WCC winning history, the success of this team is now inevitable and Red Bull know it which is why they are bleating like lambs. You may consider the test cheating, as a Mclaren fan I feel the punishment handed out is representative. Alll this calling for £100 million fines and throwing out of the championship is ludicrious in the extreme. They’ve had their test early therefore they sit out the next one. Job done.

          • Dphect (@dphect) said on 5th July 2013, 12:15

            @coefficient I’m not sure if you were for or against my comment, but to point out anyway I’m not calling them cheats, just a little bit sneaky and I’m all for it. Most other top flying teams would of done the same if they’d of spotted the gap in the fence.

            They’ve got a bit of a “dream team” thing going on now and that has vastly helped with their progression and if not the biggest reason for the improved performance of the car. I’m a Merc fan and I don’t believe they would of gained nothing from the Pirelli test, even if it’s only a small amount of gain it helped. But I do believe the reason for the improvements is down to the team and it’s just a bit of a coincidence that it happened around the Pirelli test. Also, going from the reports, the tyres running for this weekend are actually going to benefit Merc because of the way it works its tyres.

            Bah, I’m fed up of talking about tyres!

          • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 12:25

            Hi, Oh I agree entirely!! The sport encourages innovation and the the stretching of the rules in every dimension by virtue of the fact the teams are allowed to design and operate their cars within their own interpretations of the regulations. When viewed from this perspective finding loopholes in the regulations is part of the sport, an opportunity to seek/gain a competetive advantage. Red Bull are just sore that they didn’t spot it themselves because its a single use loophole which has now been shut and Merc got there first. Had Horner and chums spotted it we’d be seeing the same thing.

            As an aside, it is aburd that the sport has forced Pirelli to guess how they should make their tyres by not letting them test with contemporary machinery. It was a dangerous bubble that was always going to burst, we’re just lucky it didn’t burst a spray blood and guts all over us!

      • Vingin said on 5th July 2013, 11:27

        What are you guys talking about?? Mercedes was dominating in practice since the third race!

        • Robbie (@robbie) said on 5th July 2013, 16:08

          If it weren’t for safety cars both Mercedes would have not done nearly as well at Silverstone due to tire issues. They have consistantly practiced and qualified well this season, but races have been another story. NR was saved by safety cars, and LH only clawed his way back up as high as he did for the same reason. ie. I think the jury is still out on exactly how well Mercedes are doing on a normal race day with no safety cars, that is hot, and has high speed corners. And now that the tires will be changing, everything remains to be seen.

          I remain steadfast…Pirelli would have had no reason to assist Mercedes in their Championship run, and if Mercedes gained that much advantage from a Pirelli tire test of no data sharing then I think their penalty would have been far greater. I simply don’t believe that any team makes a leap in performance from one 3 day test, let alone one three day Pirelli tire test during which 90% of the time Pirelli engineers were trying out ideas for the next season. 100km of tire testing of no data sharing simply does not equate to the ‘huge advantage’ that so many seem so ready, willing, and able to accept.

  5. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 10:49

    And are we still to believe that Merc gained NOTHING from the test???

    • Makana (@makana) said on 5th July 2013, 10:56

      That’s it, it’s inevitable that the championship has been tainted with this test. FIA just ruined 2013 with the Merc-wrist slap… so frustrating.

      • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 5th July 2013, 10:57

        good… the FIA just saved us from another Vettel championship!

        • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 10:59

          By sucking up to cheats, yeah, what a precedent to set. Would you have said the same had the offending team been the Scuderia??

        • Linda1 said on 5th July 2013, 11:08

          So your saying that the FIA should make rules & decide penalty’s based on who YOU do or do not like to see win the championship?

          If Red Bull/Vettel are doing the best job (And not cheating via illegal testing) then they deserve to win the championship regardless of what the fans think of that.

          Mercedes ran an illegal test, They cheated, Gained an advantage & therefore deserve to win nothing!

          • 5150 (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:19

            @ Linda1

          • tvm (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:20

            So your saying that the FIA should make rules & decide penalty’s based on who YOU do or do not like to see win the championship?

            Mercedes ran an illegal test, They cheated, Gained an advantage & therefore deserve to win nothing!

            That easily is post-of-the-year, how do you come up with such heavy sarcasm?

        • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 5th July 2013, 11:50

          Even i’m one of the leaders in the anti_Red Bull league but believe me i prefer a clean & a well deserved championship by Vettel rather than dirty one won by Mercedes
          I just hope that they don’t win anything this year !!!!!!!!!!

          • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 12:03

            Clean hey? All Vettel’s titles have been tainted by dubious tecnholgies on the Red Bull. Flexing Wings, Flexing Floors, Vented Floors, Suspected Active Ride all of which are Illegal yet Red Bull just get politely asked to remove them for the next race and get to keep all their points and result acquired when running illegal components.

          • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 5th July 2013, 12:06

            I’m just talking about this year’s championship, until now the Red Bull apparently didn’t cheat, their actions in the past made them so unpopular you can see how the crowd everywhere are booing Vettel, i think the turn now will come to Mercedes if they win this year’s championship

          • tharris19 (@tharris19) said on 5th July 2013, 13:13

            Every move Merc made with that test was with the permission of the FIA by way of their representative Charlie Whiting. So it would be absurd to charge Merc for it’s mistakes. It was not a slap on the wrist by FIA it was let’s get this over with and get on with it.
            Remember the Tribunal charged Perelli, Merc and FIA for calling the meeting. Even Max could get them out of the mess they caused.

      • umar (@umarbaloch) said on 5th July 2013, 11:23

        Yeah!I agree This 2013 championship is gonna be tuff but ross cheated and they gain nothing from it hahaha we all can see

    • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 5th July 2013, 11:01

      I don’t think that the test is solely the reason for their getting on top of things. Honestly, I don’t think that the test will have gained them all that much. The drivers probably gained more than the team.

      • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:05

        It doesnt matter whether it was the sole reason. Kindly read my comment properly before rushing to the Merc’s defence….i said- are we to believe that they gained NOTHING from the test?? If it helped them even in the slightest, then it is something the F1 community should be ashamed about…

        • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 5th July 2013, 11:11

          And I don’t believe you can blame Merc for taking the test, when they believed it was a legal thing to do. It’s incredibly unfair to blame them for taking a chance, that at the time seemed all okay, as if they wouldn’t do it?
          And you understand that me saying that the test is not solely the reason doesn’t equate to ‘they learnt nothing.’

          • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:22

            Of course they believed that it was the legal thing to do. Which is why they themselves suggested which penalty should be handed to them by the tribunal. Kindly think in a more straightforward and less convoluted fashion, even if it means that you wont be able to defend your fav team/driver.

          • 5150 (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:23

            And you believe that two wins since they did the testa nd a third place in Canada are just coincidence?
            God help us!

          • PhilEReid (@philereid) said on 5th July 2013, 11:28

            @wsrgo I can absolutely defend the team and the drivers. They, themselves, have done nothing wrong. What point do you think I’m trying to make? I think the whole situation itself is a farce and shouldn’t have happened, but you can not sit there and blame Mercedes for it, that’s incredibly unfair.

            @5150 Again, I said it’s not solely down to the test, the test helped, of course it did, but I think they’ve made bigger steps outside of the test.

          • Mike (@mike) said on 5th July 2013, 12:08


            I’m on your side in this. Mercedes, Pirelli and the FIA all bare responsibility for the issue. And the slap on the wrist reflects that.

            I think in the end, all teams attempt to take advantage of loopholes, sporting or technical and a myriad of examples can be used to support that. I don’t think, based on that, that you can brandish the cheat word so hastily, given that other teams have bent and sometimes broken the rules as well. Especially since we now know roughly how things happened.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 5th July 2013, 13:44

          Any advantage they gained in the test will be lost by not being in YDC so get over it.

  6. sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 5th July 2013, 10:50

    It really is quite amazing how much Mercedes have turned things around. At the end of last year, they were miles off the pace, now they are RAPID!

  7. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 5th July 2013, 10:50

    This just confirms that Lotus’ and Ferrari’s seasons are over. With Mercedes to catch Red Bull. Makes life alot easier in the predictors championship

  8. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 5th July 2013, 10:52

    If you still think Merc gained nothing from that test. Then there is something fundamentally wrong with you

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 10:54

      +1…but dont expect those with silver-tainted glasses to agree with you. They’ll still find reasons to rant….

    • Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 5th July 2013, 10:55

      Of course they gained something!. Ross Brawn played the game and won (again) and now Red Bull might be number 2-ing their pants :-)

    • sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 5th July 2013, 11:01

      Paddy Lowe: ‘There was nothing to learn from that because we were just testing blindly tyres that were put in front of us, despite what some others may be saying to the media’

    • Traverse (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:35

      When are you guys going to accept that Mercs performances are down to the pure ingenuity and class of Brawn and Hamilton. The Pirelli test was conducted only to the benefit of Pirelli., Mercedes didn’t gain anything…(LoL!) :P

      • Mike (@mike) said on 5th July 2013, 12:11

        …. Mercedes may have gained…. and… given that… the pure ingenuity and class of Brawn has worked well for them.

        Lets be clear. They are not the only team who has ever taken advantage of loopholes in the rules.

        • Traverse (@) said on 5th July 2013, 12:16

          Lets be clear. They are not the only team who has ever taken advantage of loopholes in the rules.

          I know! I’m genuinely a big fan of Merc, Brawn and Hamilton.

    • OOliver said on 5th July 2013, 12:06

      Mercedes were doing quite well during the preseason tests when the temperatures were quite cold. In the very first race of 2013, they were the front running team to do a very long stint on the softer tyres which cost them a better result.
      Their problem is when the temperatures are much hotter than we have now in Germany. The problems they’ve had for the past 3 seasons is not something that just goes away easily. Despite all that, they have always been very fast.

  9. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 5th July 2013, 10:53

    Hamilton 2013 WDC, you heard it here first.

    P.S. Or maybe even Britney, to REALLY annoy Sebastian Vettel and his wonky finger :-)

  10. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 5th July 2013, 10:54

    What an amazing photograph to accompany the article.

  11. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 5th July 2013, 11:00

    Mclaren a few seasons broke rules. Disqualified from WCC and fined 100mil. Mercs get a reprimand AND a punishment THEY suggested themselves.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th July 2013, 11:13

      Yes, because there is absolutely no difference between conducting a tyre test in good faith because the tyre supplier asked them to, and stealing the entire schematics to a rival team’s car and using them in your own design.

    • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 5th July 2013, 12:13

      The 2 offences are hardly comparable!! Theft of IP vs driving a car for 1000km are not in the same league.

    • KeeleyObsessed (@keeleyobsessed) said on 5th July 2013, 16:29

      @um1234 Read the above replies, then consider this.
      Paul Di Resta broke the rules in qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone. He only received a disqualification. Why didn’t Force India get a DSQ from the WCC and a multi-million fine..

      The answer? Different rules. Different punishments. McLaren got their punishment because of the major failings by the team in the case, and the case even had criminal implications in Italy if I remember rightly. Meanwhile, Mercedes did everything they thought was justified in ensuring they were permitted to run the test, the FIA have acknowledged that this is a very ‘grey area’ in the rules and are looking to close that, but they cannot penalise Mercedes much more than what is fair. They had 3 days of testing. They miss out 3 days testing. It’s a shame about how the YDT has worked out, but there was little any of the parties involved could’ve done about that on June 20-21…

  12. Linda1 said on 5th July 2013, 11:00

    Think its now perfectly clear that nobody can continue to say that Mercedes gained nothing from that test with a straght face.
    Seems clear to me they did gain a benefit, Especially in terms of tyre management which just makes there so called penalty look like a complete joke.

    If Mercedes win one or both championships this year then it will be a tainted win.
    Although been honest with Pirelli having such a big influence on how the season has played out, Especially with the change to the tyres from here on, I think its tainted regardless of who wins.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 5th July 2013, 11:16

      And what about their practice programmes? Mercedes might have deliberately used softer tyres and done low-fuel runs to set a fast time straight away at the home Grand Prix to get more publicity. It happens all the time with other teams and drivers at their home races …

    • Guccio (@concalvez00) said on 5th July 2013, 12:40

      So what Linda ?, Ferrari did two test mote than 1000km and nobody complains about that

  13. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 5th July 2013, 11:03

    Ok they had no intention of cheating but they STILL gained an advantage. F1 and the FIA are a joke. Hate to say it about my sport but its true

  14. Umar Majid (@um1234) said on 5th July 2013, 11:05

    Never thought I would say this but I really hope Red Bull win both championships. Anyone but Mercedes

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:08

      Yeah, same here. Though, as a tifoso, i’d be happiest if the reds won. Seems unlikely though…

    • AbeyG (@1abe) said on 5th July 2013, 12:25

      Force India fan.. FI and Adrian Sutil for both the championship! Too much to ask?? ;p

    • marsianwalrus (@einariliyev) said on 5th July 2013, 13:04

      I’ve myself gone for a complete turnaround from Red Bull hater to Red Bull fan. As much as one can dislike them, it is hard to argue that they’ve done the best job over the last three seasons, and Vettel has been absolutely phenomenal behind the wheel.

      One might argue Alonso has been better as a driver (though I disagree) but that doesn’t take away from Vettel’s speed, composure and ability.

      But the British crowd whooping and jeering as Vettel retired at the last GP was the last straw for me.

  15. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:07

    Just check out which drivers/ teams i support. I could say a lot to the fans of cheats such as yourself, but i wont. Kindly do not insult your intelligence( if you have any) by making irrational statements.

    • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 5th July 2013, 11:09

      This was intended as a reply to Lucas Wilson, who seems to have been so ashamed with his comment that he deleted it…

    • Traverse (@) said on 5th July 2013, 11:52

      @wsrgo Appears to have selective memory loss when it comes to fair play and pushing the boundaries. Brawn didn’t invent the notion, pushing the rules to the absolute limit in order to maximise your teams potential and consequently success is an integral part of both sport and life. In the pursuit of victory, squeezing the rule book isn’t only an option, it’s a must!

      • HoHum (@hohum) said on 5th July 2013, 13:55

        Brawn having gone to Charlie Whiting and gotten approval from the FIA legal dept. to accept an offer to help Pirelli makes it difficult for me to even call it bending the rules, I think Brawns offer to forgo the YDT was a gallant gesture to diffuse a difficult situation and forgo any perceived advantage gained.

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