F1’s top 3 teams receive yet another advantage they don’t need

To give them a headstart we’re not sure they need, Pirelli will be giving Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull first pick of new bigger tyres to test. 

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 10:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red nBull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer and the field during the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 10, 2016 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo, Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red nBull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer and the field during the Formula One Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 10, 2016 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

With complaints about the rather biased bonus payment system circling around, F1 does not need another incident like this to taint its reputation for fair play. But here we are yet again, with the top teams getting asset upon asset to add to their already star-studded reputation. In case you don’t know what we’re talking about, Pirelli will be allowing 3 of the top 4 teams to help it test its new tyres. McLaren-Honda could have eaten from this particular bread basket, but it declined the opportunity to do so.

“We believe it was better not to get distracted.”

Eric Boullier, McLaren-Honda boss

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How Andy Green would kill to be given the same choice though! The Force India boss is convinced that the top 3 will be benefitting enormously from this tidy little deal.

“The three teams that have built test cars for Pirelli are getting a huge advantage

“All the others will only get their first experience early next year of what Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are getting now.”

Andy Green

TEST F1/2015 - JEREZ (SPAGNA) 03/02/2015 © FOTO STUDIO COLOMBO X PIRELLI MEDIA (© COPYRIGHT FREE)
TEST F1/2015 – JEREZ (SPAGNA) 03/02/2015
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A qualm that should be on the tongue of any satellite team, no doubt. In anticipation of this, Pirelli counters that it’ll be distributing the data of the 2017 testing across all the teams. There’s obviously nothing quite like testing the tyres out themselves, but Green has another problem with his reasoning.

“We’ll get some of the data. But the teams also generate their own data, which has nothing to do with the tyres. For example, on the aerodynamics.

“If we had the $2 million (to build a test car), we would have done it. We thought about it but in the timeframe, it was simply not possible to do at the same time as our race programme.”

Andy Green

So he brings it back down to brass tacks in the end. It’s down to how much cold, hard cash you have, as it always seems to be. Despite the talks of doing away with the controversial bonus system, it looks like the Formula One corporation