Red Bull and Ferrari considered protesting Mercedes

Christian Horner with Marco Mattiacci

Christian Horner with Marco Mattiacci

Red Bull and Ferrari considered protesting Mercedes after the dominant Formula 1 team switched their brand of brake discs without penalty before the start of the German Grand Prix.

“We discussed it internally…we decided not to move forward with it,” Ferrari Principal Marco Mattiacci told reporters after championship leader Nico Rosberg won the race for Mercedes with teammate Lewis Hamilton third.

Hamilton crashed heavily in Qualifying after a front brake disc failure. He raced with a different brand while Rosberg changed the rear discs on his car.

Although the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said the change was within the regulations, Red Bull Principal Christian Horner suggested that the decision had set a precedent.

Mercedes mechanics work on the car of Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes mechanics work on the car of Lewis Hamilton

“It is a change of car specification,” he told reporters. “If you change it like for like that is one thing, but if you change it for something that is made by a different manufacturer that has a different characteristic, as described by the driver himself as something different, then it is an interesting precedent.”

Horner, who said that both his drivers had raced with Brembo brake discs similar to those used by Hamilton in Qualifying, felt that there was a need for further clarification from the FIA.

“Obviously if you can [change discs], then what else can you change? It will be interesting to see what the justification of that allowance was,” he said.

Mercedes have won nine of the 10 races so far, with champions Red Bull winning the other. (Reuters)