The only thing that will save any credibility for Mercedes in this affair is the fact that it is impossible to hide a 1000km tyre test in Barcelona. All the other teams must have known it was happening... don't you think?
Either that or F1 teams are even more stupid than I have already given them credit for.
I am not so sure. Unless the team have people at Brackley and/or Barcelona. Also interesting that the motorsport press were unaware, and they have likely more sources than rival teams.
Interesting point that this raises however, is how do the FIA make sure that no testing is going on anywhere? could Ferrari not create an extra car, and ship it off to a secret location somewhere to do some testing? How can that be monitored if the team in question does not want it to be?
Well, the FIA knew about it according to the article and it was given the go ahead. I think this is hilarious, how the hell have they managed to pull that one out the bag, it's ridiculous! Sneaky buggers .
They would almost certainly have done back to back tests with the current and new tyres. That will have provided invaluable information to the team with the cojones to conduct a clandestine 1000km circuit test mid season.
Why Barcelona? Secrecy is obviously the issue here as another team managed a test earlier without any protests. Why not use Paul Ricard for testing? Logistically it is in a very convenient place between Barcelona & Monaco.