Vettel: Surely it’s not right to go testing in the season, it’s forbidden

Sebastian Vettel speaks to media in Canada

Sebastian Vettel speaks to the media in Canada

World champion Sebastian Vettel is adamant the the Pirelli-Mercedes ‘secret’ test in Barcelona before the Monaco GP was wrong as it was a fully-fledged test, which is against current Formula One regulations and believes that extra mileage would benefit any team.

“It’s now going its formal way in front of the [FIA International Tribunal] but surely it’s not right to go testing in the season. It is forbidden and that’s why the whole argument got started,” said Vettel when speaking to media ahead of the Canadian GP weekend in Montreal.

Sebastian Vettel in the pit garage at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Sebastian Vettel in the pit garage at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

“I’m not sure exactly what tyres they were using, there has been a lot of talk obviously. I think you always learn when you are on the track and in that regard every lap matters,” declared the Red Bull driver.

He also pointed out, “We all know how important testing is in the winter, but then the quality of testing is not the same because the conditions are different and the cars are very early in their development. So if you get a chance to have three days of testing in the middle of the season then it’s a big help.”

“It was very surprising news on Saturday afternoon [in Monaco] when we found out,” admitted Vettel.

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(GP247)