Mercedes to skip Pirelli’s tyre test due to the budget cap

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

Mercedes confirms the team will have to pull out of a scheduled Pirelli tyre test at Paul Ricard next week, due to concerns over the budget cap.

Mercedes was scheduled to participate in a two-day Pirelli 18 inch 2021 tyre test at Paul Ricard next week.

The team was supposed to test Pirelli’s wet weather tyres in a 2019 mule car, but team boss Toto Wolff confirms it will not be possible.

“Yes, that’s right, we are trying to make the budget cap which is not trivial,” the Austrian said at the Monaco Grand Prix Friday press conference.

“And we couldn’t take the costs related to the tyre test and we wouldn’t have been able to send our mechanics on such a long journey.”

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A Mercedes spokesperson further explained the situation to

“So the wet weather mileage would have taken us over the 5000 kilometres that is excluded from budget cap costs as part of the power unit supply perimeter,” the spokesperson said.

“It would potentially, remember also, using a separate crew in order to run that test would have led to all of those people becoming included people, rather than excluded people in the budget cap.

“We don’t have the budget cap the headroom and the leeway to carry those costs.”

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