Ferrari and Red Bull turned down offer to tyre test with 2013 car

Pirelli tyres

Pirelli tyres

It has emerged that Pirelli had approached Red Bull  and Ferrari to use their current cars for a tyre test, but world champion team boss Christian Horner declined because of his reservations about the rules, as did the Maranello team.

“Of course we said no,” Ferrari spokesman Renato Bisignani told Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper, confirming that the Italian team also turned down an approach from Pirelli.

“The regulations prohibit the use of a car from this year,” he added, clarifying that Ferrari’s Pirelli tyre test just after Bahrain was with a 2011 car.

The general consensus in Formula 1 circles is that Mercedes will be found guilty and penalised in some manner.

“I don’t know whether Mercedes will have points deducted or Ross Brawn will lose his job, but I do think there will be penalties because something was not quite right,” F1 team owner turned pundit Eddie Jordan said on Servus TV. (GMM)

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