HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014
Mercedes to reveal proof of ‘permission’
The Guardian
London, June 17, 2013
First Published: 02:17 IST(17/6/2013)
Last Updated: 02:21 IST(17/6/2013)

Mercedes will turn the tables on the FIA at Thursday's hearing in Paris by producing written evidence that they had permission to test Pirelli's tyres.

Mercedes’ trump card is in the form of an FIA email — allegedly from their race director and safety delegate, Charlie Whiting — granting them permission to test.

It is difficult to believe that team principal Ross Brawn would have gone along with the test unless he felt sure of his ground. He said in Montreal last week: “We wouldn't have done the Pirelli test unless we believed we could do the Pirelli test.”

If Mercedes or Pirelli are found guilty they are likely to go the FIA’s international court of appeal in an attempt to get the verdict overturned.

There is even an outside chance that Mercedes could walk away from the sport if they feel they have been dealt with harshly, although that is unlikely given their recent level of investment. If they did exit F1, which they have already considered in recent years, it would leave a massive hole.

Next year McLaren, Force India and Williams are all scheduled to run with Mercedes engines.

Pirelli are also likely to consider their future in F1 if the hearing goes against them. They are already hampered by a lack of in-season testing, and for some time their appeals for help developing the tyres have gone unheeded by the teams.

comment Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of
blog comments powered by Disqus

F1 car vrooms on Rajpath
more »

In the know
Every racer's first step

In this week's column, I thought I would look at the most basic form of motorsport  - Go-Karting. When I was 6 year's old, my parents gave me a small cadet kart as a birthday present. Karun Chandhok writes.

In The Know
One for the road...

As I write on board the flight to Singapore for the Grand Prix, I thought it's a good time to go slightly off track with this week's column and talk about the travel in F1! Karun Chandhok writes. Going the distance
more »

Never thought I'd race in an Indian GP, says Narain

Narain Karthikeyan
"Since the day I started racing, I dreamt of being in the Formula One," said Narain Karthikeyan. "But never in my wildest dream did I think of racing in an Indian GP." That's how the country's first F1 racer wants to sum up his excitement about the upcoming event next month. "It's going to be the most special thing in my life," he added.

Formula One driver regimen

It’s not all glamour for the Formula One drivers who endure demanding conditions while in the cockpit. They’re subjected to incredible wear-and-tear. HT reveals their fitness regimens.

more »
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved