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Red Bull may defy FIA over Mercedes test row – report

Jun 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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Red Bull may openly defy the FIA by holding a test of their own after Mercedes received a light punishment from the International Tribunal last week.

Mercedes have been banned from participating in the Young Drivers’ Test at Silverstone next month after being found to have conducted a test using their race drivers in May.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner responded by saying his team would always prefer to test with its race drivers rather than junior drivers.

Now a report in The Times claims Red Bull are considering boycotting the Young Drivers’ Test so they can do a test of their own. According to the report Red Bull have told Bernie Ecclestone they would be content to take the same punishment Mercedes received – the test ban plus a reprimand – in order to do the test.

The Times also quoted an unnamed Ferrari source questioning the severity of Mercedes’ punishment. Ferrari made their bemusement at Mercedes’ light sentence clear on Friday in an anonymous article on their website which said Mercedes had “got away virtually scot free” with a “rap across the knuckles”.

However The Times said Ferrari would not join Red Bull in conducting a test of their own as they had already participated in two tests for Pirelli, neither of which were disclosed at the time, which were performed using pre-2013 machinery.

  1. sportsdad61 - Jun 24, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    All the other top teams have ran test with 13 equipment.Why not Redbull?

  2. indycarseries500 - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I dare Red Bull to try it…

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Actually none of the teams other than Mercedes have conducted illegal track testing with the 2013 cars. The FIA’s failure to properly punish Mercedes is a disgrace and there will be Hell to pay for their dereliction of duty when all is said and done.

    I hope all of the other F1 teams conduct similar 1000 km track tests with their 2013 cars to send a clear message to the FIA. That is the only fair solution short of banning Mercedes for the rest of the season and fining them a hundred million dollars. It’s incomprehensible that the FIA allowed Mercedes to brazenly violate the F1 rules.

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