Horner: What Ferrari did does not compare to what Mercedes did

Christian Horner defending Ferrari's test

Christian Horner defending Ferrari‘s test

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has defended Ferrari, amid the controversy about secret Pirelli tyre tests conducted by the famous Italian team as well as Mercedes.

Red Bull joined Ferrari in filing an official protest when it emerged recently at Monaco that Mercedes had used its 2013 Formula One car for Pirelli tyre testing at Barcelona after May’s Spanish Grand Prix.

But the FIA is also investigating an earlier test, after Bahrain, in which Ferrari test driver Pedro de la Rosa tested tyres for Pirelli at Barcelona at the wheel of a client-owned 2011 F1 car.

Ferrari has dismissed that test as irrelevant, insisting the only rule breach was committed by Mercedes, because the German team used its current car and race drivers.

Horner also defends the Maranello team.

Mercedes in hot water

Mercedes in hot water over secret tyre test

“Ferrari’s position is different,” he told Autosprint magazine, “because even though they used an official driver (de la Rosa), it wasn’t their 2013 car. The two situations [Mercedes and Ferrari] are not even comparable.”

Asked what he expects from the FIA’s investigation, Horner answered: “That the matter is analysed quickly and fairly.”

Both Mercedes and Pirelli have hit back strongly at claims the Barcelona test was conducted in ‘secret’, but Horner insists it obviously was.

“You have that sort of approach when you don’t want someone to know something, otherwise they could have just announced it publicly, as they do for all their other activities,” he said.

It is also rumoured that Lewis Hamilton ‘tweeted’ supposedly from America while he was actually testing in Spain, and used a different helmet livery in order to avoid being identified.

Horner is also critical of Pirelli, rejecting the Italian supplier’s claim that it did nothing wrong.

“Everyone in F1 is subject to the rules; teams, drivers and suppliers. The rules also apply to [Pirelli],” he insisted.

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  • Dan

    I bet they wouldn’t be making this much noise if Torro Rosso had been in Mercedes shoes.

  • McLarenfan

    Another Red Cow conspiracy

  • Apex Assassin

    It’s a joke, Pirelli are at fault. They could have come to F1 as prepared suppliers. Instead THEY”VE FAILED!!!!!

  • fools

    I already know that. The world knows that.

    Ferrari as I mentioned in yesterdays article was within 2 year old spec car. Within contract meets. Benz used a 2013 car. Yes the same car they used in Monaco win.

    That is the difference. Yes there is a huge difference from a 2011 year old car from a2013 car.

    Benz cheated! Plain as yogurt

  • Mike

    Says the team leader with 4 cars in F1, geez!