Red Bull back down from rebel test claim


Red Bull have backed down from claims that they would be prepared to hold an illegal private test, after Mercedes were only reprimanded over the 'testgate' saga that has rocked the sport.

According to the Times on Monday, Red Bull and possibly Ferrari were considering boycotting the Young Driver Test that Mercedes have been banned from and challenge the authority of the FIA by holding their own private test.

However, Red Bull's motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko told Sport Bild on Monday: "Of course we wouldn't break the rules."

"It was purely sarcastic," he insisted.

"I wanted to demonstrate that, with such a judgement (of the international tribunal), it might be worth the risk.

"We are frustrated that someone is found guilty on all counts and then sentenced to a punishment that they themselves proposed," added Marko.

Though Marko reiterated Red Bull's belief that the banning of Mercedes from the Young Driver Test was not a big enough punishment.

"You can't really try anything in the young drivers test," he said.

"The drivers at the wheel are just learning about Formula 1, while Mercedes had three days with their regular drivers."

Indeed Welt's correspondent Simon Pausch believes the only person at Mercedes punished by the whole affair is reserve Sam Bird who will now miss out on what could be vital F1 running time. 

Despite Red Bull's claims Niki Lauda has claimed Mercedes was actually not found 'guilty' of breaking any regulations.

"There was no rule violation," the Mercedes chairman and a co-owner, told Austrian broadcaster ORF.

"We got a warning -- not even a yellow card which could lead to a red card. We were excluded from the Young Driver Test, which is a judgement that we can live with absolutely."

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