Formula 1

Red Bull consider rebel test after Mercedes verdict

Red Bull are considering the test as a protest. (©GettyImages)
Red Bull are considering the test as a protest. (©GettyImages).

The fallout from the 'testgate' saga looks far from over as Red Bull and Ferrari are considering boycotting the Young Driver’s Test due to take place at Silverstone.

According to The Times, Red Bull could take the matter even further by directly challenging the FIA's authority and undertake it's own private and therefore illegal test.

Red Bull and Ferrari have not been pleased with the punishment handed out to Mercedes at the tribunal meeting last week when Mercedes and Pirelli were reprimanded and the German team banned from the Young Driver’s Test. 

According to The Times report: "Red Bull are threatening to take the law into their own hands as a direct challenge to the authority of the FIA, the governing body, and Jean Todt, its president whose standing is at rock bottom in the most important sport in his portfolio. 

"Red Bull executives are considering boycotting the Young Drivers' Test to set up their own private session in a mirror of the Mercedes case. A private test would breach the FIA rulebook but Red Bull are said to have told [F1 chief executive Bernie] Ecclestone that they would take the risk of a reprimand - the punishment meted out to Mercedes - for the benefit of three days of testing."

While Ferrari has said it will not go as far as threatening a blatant disregard for the rules they are also believed to be threatening to boycott the Silverstone test.

A Ferrari source told the Times: "How can a reprimand be enough to punish a team that struggled at the Spanish Grand Prix, tested and then won in Monaco? No one knew about the test, yet the tribunal does not seem to have investigated why not and what exactly went on."

"No wonder the teams are angry. They have had enough of the FIA. The threats might be empty at the moment but the fact that these conversations are taking place shows that no one is happy with Todt or the FIA. The crunch is coming and everyone wonders when and how. Maybe this is the time."


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