Mercedes

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1

  • Standing 1st
  • Points 202

Mercedes Links

Jenson Button expects Mercedes to get a 'slapped wrist' for their part in Testgate

Briton admits Silver Arrows likely to win even without extra running

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 28/05/13 4:47pm

  • Share:
Jenson Button: Expects Mercedes to get a 'slapped wrist' for testing at Barcelona

Jenson Button: Expects Mercedes to get a 'slapped wrist' for testing at Barcelona

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Jenson Button expects Mercedes to merely suffer a 'slapped wrist' for their part in 'Testgate' and admits Nico Rosberg probably would have won at Monaco even without the additional running.

The Silver Arrows are current under investigation after Red Bull and Ferrari both lodged complaints with the FIA after it emerged that the German-marque had completed 1000km of testing with Pirelli over three days at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish GP.

In-season testing is banned under the Sporting Regulations, but both Pirelli and Mercedes maintain they did nothing wrong.

"Mercedes have done a great job and even without that tyre test I think they would have won the race," Button was quoted by The Guardian.

"I think the teams that protested are more surprised that it happened. I can't see the result changing. I don't know what they can do, if anything at all.

"Maybe a slapped wrist. I think the teams that protested just wanted clarification because we'd all love to do 1,000km to understand [the tyres] a bit more because we're all so limited on testing."

Meanwhile Button says McLaren can take positives from their own performance in Monaco. Both cars made it into Q3 for only the second time this season and were running strongly in the points until Sergio Perez clashed with Kimi Raikkonen.

"It was a pity that Checo's late-race retirement meant we couldn't score more heavily - that would have been a big boost for the team," he added.

"But I bagged a decent number of points, and our pace in clear air was good, so there are positives we can take away from today."

  • Share:

Related

Testgate Uncovered

Red Bull boss Christian Horner attended the Tribunal in person

'Red Bull threaten to test'

Red Bull are reportedly threatening to run their own private test in a direct challenge to the authority of the FIA.

The Tribunal: What we learnt

Analysing the details to emerge from the International Tribunal hearing, and subsequent verdict, into Testgate.

Brawn: Future wasn't discussed

Ross Brawn tells Sky F1 there were never any talks over what effect Testgate outcome could have on his Mercedes future.

Poll

Most Popular

Features

Testing talking points

Testing talking points

Just how far ahead are Mercedes and what sort of uphill tasks are ahead for Renault and Honda?

Team-by-team review

Team-by-team review

Analysing who looks on form, and who appears to be struggling, after the second test of pre-season.

Barca talking points

Barca talking points

Why Mercedes were fooling no one in the first week at Barcelona and Ferrari look to have staying power.