MAY 26, 2013
Storm erupts over secret tyre test for Mercedes
A storm has erupted in the Monaco paddock about an until-now secret Pirelli tyre test involving Mercedes.
British F1 broadcasters Sky and the BBC revealed on Sunday morning that Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were both involved in a multiple-day, 1000km tyre test between the Spanish and Monaco grands prix.
The BBC said Red Bull and Ferrari are furious, and "considering a protest" due to the ban on in-season testing.
But the report also said sources confirmed the FIA was aware of the test, which is allowed on the grounds of needing to safety-test planned changes for Canada next month, and 2014.
"Some teams have reacted badly," 1996 world champion Damon Hill told Sky, "(but) I have spoken to Niki Lauda and he assures me that they have okayed it with the FIA and the reason it is ok is because the safety regulations overrule the sporting regulations.
"If there is a safety issue, which seems to be the insinuation, then somebody has to do the testing. It just looks like Mercedes might have got in there first," he added.
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SUNDAY TEAM QUOTES
MARKO SAYS SECRET MERCEDES TEST GAVE ROSBERG A SECOND PER LAP
PROTEST HANGS OVER ROSBERG'S MONACO WIN
RACE NOTES - ROSBERG TAKES FLAG-TO-FLAG WIN AT MONACO GP
STORM ERUPTS OVER SECRET TYRE TEST FOR MERCEDES
RENAULT ANNOUNCES TORO ROSSO ENGINE DEAL
RAIKKONEN'S HUNT TRIBUTE NOW GETS GREEN LIGHT
HAMILTON SLAMS ROSCOE CRITICS
DI RESTA ANGRY WITH FORCE INDIA AFTER QUALIFYING
FERNLEY WORRIED ABOUT RISING COSTS
MERCEDES CONFIRMS WILLIAMS ENGINE TALKS
ROLE NOT CLEAR YET FOR PADDY LOWE
TRULLI HAPPY TO BE OUT OF TYRE-DOMINATED F1
WEBBER NOT RULING OUT FERRARI MOVE
VETTEL'S FATHER BACK IN PADDOCK AFTER INJURY