This page will be updated throughout the day – 13:14
Brawn and Whiting the scapegoats?
On Wednesday evening the FIA confirmed Ferrari did not break the rules however Mercedes’ testing “may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules” and referred the latter to the International Tribunal. It appears there is more to this than originally thought.
When the story broke on the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix, Ross Brawn and Pirelli stated permission was gained from the FIA for the test however, no evidence has yet been seen. TJ13 reported earlier this week that Mercedes went through a lot of effort to conceal the driver’s identities and what was being tested. This and the fact that Michael Schumacher may have been present at the test have led to rumours surrounding the test and more importantly, what was being tested.
On Thursday Mercedes released a statement saying they would welcome the opportunity to present their side to the IT, “We welcome the opportunity to explain the full facts of the Pirelli Test in an open and transparent manner at the International Tribunal. Sporting integrity is of primary importance to Mercedes-Benz and we have the utmost confidence in the due process of the FIA”.
Over the course of the 45 days it takes to got to the IT a number of things will become clear. Some points to ponder though, could it be that the agreement that Brawn had with the FIA was in fact with Charlie Whiting, a man the FIA are not particularly keen on and a friend of Ecclestone. If Mercedes is found guilty at the IT what will the consequences be for the team and for Brawn, and in fact for Whiting?
Should Whiting go Mr Ecclestone will have one less friend in the paddock. Coincidence?
Ecclestone to breath easier…
Bernie Ecclestone will have to wait a bit longer to get his appearance before the German courts. Reports from Germany said the delay is, “because of the necessary translation work”.
Either there is a lot if evidence and the file is VERY big or…??
Earlier this month Ecclestone was quoted saying, “I hope they don’t but I think they will [charge me]. Then we will see what happens. That doesn’t mean to say there will be a trial.”
So Ecclestone has been charged but is still waiting for the file that is taking longer than usual to translate… Whiting may get fired… This seems like a game of chess between the FIA and Ecclestone and the winner takes???