FIA now target Ferrari
There are a number of reports that Ferrari are now part of the FIA probe into illegal testing. The team have been asked to provide information to the authority about the test they undertook in Barcelona between the Bahrain and Spanish GP’s.
There is confusion amongst the various commentators as to how Ferrari are implicated in any breach of the sporting regulations, because they used a 2011 car.
It could be that the whole 1000 km testing arrangement is deemed illegal having failed the ‘opportunity for all’ criteria apparently specified by the FIA.
TJ13 has been investigating whether Pedro de la Rosa could be deemed an illegitimate driver in these 1000 km tests, because the sporting regulations strictly prescribe who can drive what and when.
My conclusion is the same as on Monday. This is a mess caused by the FIA not being clear in their prescriptions of any exceptions granted to the ‘in season’ testing regulations. However, if they kick the matter up to the International Tribunal, they in turn may be forced to rule on the letter of the law as stated within those regulations.
This would get the FIA off the hook, but interestingly Ferrari, one of the parties protesting Mercedes test, would now also be now in the dock and to be fair… given the restraints of jurisdiction the IT may have – I could not criticise my fellow (but inferior of course) rulers in finding Ferrari as guilty as Mercedes.
Mercedes threaten to quit
Timing is everything, and you may see this headline as sensational. However, Supersport report that Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt, who is responsible for integrity and legal affairs on the Daimler board, said at a New York media event this week that the company had put appropriate clauses into their contract with Formula One.
“We can pull out of the sport and we would use the appropriate clauses if necessary.” she said.
Hohmann-Denhardt, however, stressed that the German justice system first had to decide on whether to proceed to trial over the Ecclestone bribery charges and sh added that “we have to await that decision.”
It could be just Mercedes are just reminding the FIA of their importance to the sport by way of a non associated matter to their Pirelli development test. Interesting…
The venerable Mr. Ron Dennis who is as much McLaren as the team’s founder is 66 today.
How time flies