Ferrari 'perplexed' by tribunal decision
22 June 2013 – Ferrari has spoken out after the verdict of the International Tribunal in Paris this week, describing the panel's decision to hand rivals Mercedes a reprimand and a ban from the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next month as "perplexing".
With the IT ruling over the private test staged by Pirelli and attended by Mercedes after the Spanish Grand Prix, it was ultimately decided that the Brackley-based outfit would avoid any serious sanctions, much to the disappointment of the Ferrari team.
"It is somewhat perplexing to say the least to see that the guilty party can get away virtually scot free for having derived 'an unfair sporting advantage'," explained the Maranello-based outfit, using its Horse Whisperer column. "Don’t tell me that testing for three days on your own at the Catalunya circuit is the same as doing so with nine other teams at Silverstone with a host of young hopefuls at the wheel, in an area where the weather can still be changeable even in the height of summer.
"And what if this whole incident had taken place after the young driver test, what would have been the penalty then? Would they have been forbidden from holding an end of year dinner?"
The Horse Whisperer added: "The way things are going in Formula 1 at the moment is becoming boring: you make a mistake, you race with an illegal component, but then you are told to just change it for the next race and we’ve seen what we’ve seen…"
"All this reminds the Whisperer that if he ever finds himself running a Formula 1 team in the near future and that he gets off to a difficult start to the season, then all it needs is to organise a nice week of testing at the right moment and then maybe have to skip a later session, by which time, everything could be done and dusted."
Pirelli escaped with a reprimand for its role in the three-day, 1,000km test.