Group of Mercedes F1's private shareholders warn any punishment over Pirelli test with 2013 car could lead to the firm leaving the sport

The largest group of private shareholders in Mercedes have called on the company to leave Formula 1 if it is punished for its role in the so-called 'Pirelli-gate' tyre testing scandal, Autocar has learned.

The controversy surrounds a test that the tyre manufacturer carried out using Mercedes’s current car. The three-day test that took place in Barcelona in the week after the Spanish Grand Prix, with both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton driving. Previous tests conducted at Pirelli’s behest have involved teams using older cars.

The International Tribunal in to the event will take place in Paris this Thursday.

Michael Muders, manager at Union Investment, said: "Mercedes-Benz must get out of F1. The company spends hundred of millions here, and it doesn't bring anyone anything."

Although the timing of the news of disgruntled shareholders is clearly aimed as a warning to the F1’s rule makers to be lenient in their actions, Autocar understands that the controversy has stoked up a long-standing unrest among Mercedes shareholders at the brand’s involvement in Formula 1.

Earlier this year the Mercedes F1 team was reorganised, with a greater breadth of shareholders and new management being brought on board, which was interpreted by many observers as the firm preparing to exit the sport if its results didn’t improve.

Speaking at the Detroit motor show, company boss Dieter Zetsche told Autocar: “In F1, you see pretty quickly if you succeed or not, and if the results are up to your expectations. For Mercedes those expectations must be that we are up there at every race competing for victory.”

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17 June 2013

Given how much Mercedes has invested into the 2014 engine and drivetrain up to this point, and how it along with Renault warned of the need to recoup on this investment as a reason for sticking with the 2014 regulations in the face of opposition from Bernie among others, this sounds like a bit of a toys out of the pram reaction to me. If Mercedes are found guilty of breaching the sporting regulations, then quite honestly that is for them to bear the consequences of. This strikes me as having its basis more in sabre-rattling than in sound economic practice.

17 June 2013

It would be silly to leave now, just when they have signed Lewis and he is doing well in the Champioship, Nico has a win and overall the team are a front runner.

The Schumacher years were the years where the team were learning the ropes and had one of the best drivers in the world help them make a car out of the dog that they had. They even managed to tarnish his image.

So hanging tough while Lewis is their driver would make sense, he can make results happen. If he can't make their car work, then perhaps go back to race engine manufacturing only... 

17 June 2013

Before you close the door.


I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

17 June 2013

Let them leave, they obviously know they are in the wrong, and if it was any other team, they would the first ones banging on Bernies door.

17 June 2013

Another bad shot from Ross Brawn?

With a 2013 F1 and anonymous helmets for the official drivers.

And the Mercredes have become better...

One shot too much from Ross...


17 June 2013

Which just goes to show why "bankers" rhymes with . . .

17 June 2013

... they will take their ball home.

If that is what they need to do to win, and shows their approach to sport ....

Bye bye Mercedes


17 June 2013

Wheres Germanpower to defend them when he is needed Wink


18 June 2013

defensive reaction of the shareholders. all love to take your money. This team can not even think about retirement from Formula 1 ... The formula is on a few whales ... and one Mercedes

I love cars, love avtocar

18 June 2013

I'd love to see MB up sticks and run, and take there engines too, imagine the chaos, imagine the greedy city boys backing F1, imagine Bernie, not much chance of a stock market float ? Just what does F1 do for MB anyway ?


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