Horner: Lack of transparency disappointing

By on Saturday, June 8, 2013

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says that the lack of transparency from Mercedes over their three day tyre test with Pirelli is disappointing.

Mercedes will face an International Tribunal after a possible breach of sporting regulations.

In an FIA press conference, which Pirelli's Paul Hembery pulled out of following legal advice, Horner says the lack of transparency was 'disappointing' and that Mercedes undoubtedly learned from the test.

"I think that whenever you run the car… when you're not allowed to test, when you have limited mileage, when the rules are written as they are, when you run a current car of course… for the way that Formula One is, with the way that the amount of technology and with the amount of data analysis there is, you're always learning," he said.

"Whether it be reliability, whether it be endurance, whether it be performance. So, of course… even if you're testing a component for a supplier, you're learning. I think Formula One has moved an awfully long way over the last few years to ensure fairness and equality to all of the entrants. I think that if a team does carry out 1000km of additional testing with a current car, you're going to learn something."

"I think the lack of transparency is disappointing. That you get to learn these things second hand. I think it is important that there is transparency, of course. If a supplier has issues then it needs to obviously deal with them but when all entrants are supposedly equal, it's only right and proper that information is made transparently clear," he added.

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn insists that the truth will become clear at the tribunal.

"We trust in the Tribunal. So I can't comment, and I don't want to comment, I don't want to anticipate the Tribunal. I think when we get to the Tribunal we'll get the answers to your questions," he said.

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