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Mercedes have benefited from illegal test, rivals allege

Jul 2, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates after winning the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race circuit

Mercedes’ rivals say the team’s form since their illegal test for Pirelli in May shows the benefited from the information gained while testing.

Lotus team principal Eric Boullier said: “Two wins out of the three races after they tested, so the conclusion is easy. It is just facts. Two races won out of the three.”

Boullier denied Mercedes’ upturn in form might be a coincidence, saying: “I don’t think so. If we were racing on coincidence in Formula One I would know it.”

Mercedes had severe problems with tire degradation earlier in the season. At the Spanish Grand Prix the W04s qualified on the front row of the grid but fell to sixth and twelfth during the race. Pole sitter Nico Rosberg finished 68 seconds adrift.

Mercedes won the first race after their test, the Monaco Grand Prix, on a track which is less punishing for tires. Lewis Hamilton placed second in Canada, another track where the hardest compounds are not necessary. But their victory at Silverstone, one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for rubber, served to indicate the progress they have made.

Before the test Mercedes had scored 72 points in five races and were fourth in the constructors’ championship. Since then they’ve scored 99 points in three races, more than any other team, and overtaken Ferrari and Lotus in the points standings.

Asked if the Mercedes would still be winning races had it not been for the test Rosberg said: “For sure, yeah. Definitely.”

  1. scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Who knew that Merc testing tires would cause the Pointy Fingered Muppet’s car to have a failure and stop? Clearly there was more to that test than anyone is letting on.

    • wallio - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Come on scot, you know full well Merc benefited from that test. Do you really think they would have locked out the front row without it? Even Ross Brawn himself, during his testimony admitted it, and remember they covered portions of the track and ran black helmets. Anytime you drive a race car, any race car, in anger you get data. Every time. This was no different.

      • scotiatom - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        I hate to admit that there *may* be something in that. However, it cannot be denied that Merc have been improving this year. They had good results prior to that test. Sadly, any result they have this year will be viewed in the harsh light of that test. Which is a shame.

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