F1 2013 – Mercedes: Young driver test ban will hurt us

Formula One News » F1 2013 – Mercedes: Young driver test ban will hurt us

Despite their rivals insisting their punishment for “test-gate” was too light handed, Ross Brawn has stated that by missing the young driver test Mercedes will be hurt.

Speaking to Autosport, Brawn said, “We’ve been looking at the consequences of us missing the young driver test, because we had a pretty comprehensive technical programme planned,”

“We are now looking internally at how to recover the loss of the programme, and I am not sure we will. Some of the things we wanted to do are just not feasible over a race weekend, so there will be a tangible loss to the team in not doing the young driver test.

“It is unfortunate the spin that some teams are putting on it that the punishment is not significant.”

“The penalty is pretty severe, we provided services for Pirelli to do a 1000km test – which could have been done over two days but was spread out because of the weather.

“We tested 12 sets of development tyres, none of which will be used in 2013 or 2014. Anyone who has done tyre tests, with short runs, and long runs, knows there is no spare capacity for anything else. You are just doing tyre testing.
“The young driver test itself is a slight misnomer. The original intent was to promote young drivers, but people don’t do that.

“Teams will be doing 1500 km of proper car testing, with full developments, running all the equipment, systems, and new parts on the car you need to acquire information.

“The other good thing about Silverstone is it would have been a continuation of any work done at the race, so that would have been helpful too. I think we have got a very tangible loss.

“It is a different league quite frankly to have a three-day test, over 1500 km, with new parts, with race tyres that are those we race.

“So to downgrade the test to make it like it is not significant is not correct, and just an attempt by teams concerned to distort the facts.”

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