Mercedes pushing to test at Silverstone on grounds of safety

9 July, 2013

Toto Wolff with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Ross Brawn

Toto Wolff with Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Ross Brawn

Mercedes is pushing to be part of at next week’s Young Driver Test on the grounds of safety, despite its FIA ban as a result of its role in the recent ‘test-gate’ saga.

The German team initially accepted the Silverstone ban, when the test was set simply to be a three-day session exclusively for young, inexperienced drivers.

But that was before the ‘tyre-exploding’ British Grand Prix.

Since then, the FIA has opened up the test not only to young drivers, but also full race drivers, the trialling of the new Budapest 2012-2013 tyre specification, and real car development.

“We received the penalty and there’s no point complaining – we accept we cannot participate in the Young Driver Test,” Mercedes director Toto Wolff told Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio. “But now we don’t know what format this test has.”

“If it is a tyre test that concerns safety, then I think that all the teams, including Mercedes, should get the opportunity to determine if these tyres will be on the cars or not, and whether there are safety risks or not,” said Wolff.

Referring to the British Grand Prix, Wolff said that Formula 1 is “contemplating fairly dramatic events, where there is a safety risk.

“This is not something to take lightly,” he insisted.

Meanwhile, having initially ruled out testing at Silverstone simply to test a new tyre, Fernando Alonso is now saying that he is ready to appear next week for Ferrari.

“It’s now been confirmed that we can test updates and this makes it a much more sensible proposition,” said the Spaniard. “If I get the call from the team, I’m ready to go.”

Marca sports newspaper, however, quoted team boss Stefano Domenicali as saying that call will only be made “in the coming days”.

If Alonso is not called up, Ferrari will reportedly field Felipe Massa, Pedro de la Rosa and Davide Rigon. (GMM)

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  • Bec

    I’m sure all the other teams can cover the safety aspect, after all when Mercedes did the illegal test, they alone were apparently doing it for ‘safety’ reasons.

  • Spartacus

    Mercedes was banned from the Young Drivers Test and this is no longer that test. I still think that as punishment Mercedes should be partly excluded from this test. So let Mercedes be part of the first two days, but not the final day.

  • Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of safety

    Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of safety.

    Red bull have escaped cheating with sebastian for years now and Mercedes were found innocent of this test.

    Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of satety.

    Ferrari have been cheating for years, as have McLaren, yet they can all test.

    Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of safety.

    Also, Chrysler.

    Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of safety.

  • Elfredore

    @Mercedes should be allowed to test on the grounds of safety..

    Go away Toto!

    Have RB or Ferrari ever been before the Motorsport Council to answer charges? NO.

    When McLaren were caught cheating, what happened? They were excluded from the championship…

    Merc were quite happy to accept their penalty, when it was for young drivers. Now that the test is for the full team, like the ILLEGAL one they did, they are starting to cry.

    If you do the crime, do the time.

  • grat

    @Elfredore: Keep in mind, McLaren’s penalty was as harsh as it was because initially they lied to the FIA.

    Mercedes was found by the Tribunal (not the WMSC) to have “acted in good faith”, which is to say they believed they had permission to conduct the test.

    McLaren was NOT found to have acted in good faith, and therefore they got hammered.

    Mercedes agreed to miss out on the YDT because it would level the field (although really, it would still penalize Mercedes development), and now that the rest of the teams are gaining MORE testing, Mercedes would be at even more of a disadvantage compared with the other teams– in other words, a significantly harsher punishment than the Tribunal initially handed down.

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