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[F1] Mercedes Faces Outcry over Secret Tire Tests

December 31, 1969

The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team is in trouble, as it faces potential protests over a series of tests using Pirelli tires in development for next season and also another design that is salted to be introduced at the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. Ninety percent of the testing was for next season's tires, according to Pirelli's motorsport director, Paul Hembery. The tests were done with the F1 W04, and with regular drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. They were also done over three days, between the Spanish GP and this weekend's Monaco GP (for which the Mercedes team took a front-row lock-out to start the race). Teams are not allowed... Continue Reading »

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