Stefano Domenicali says that Ferrari submitted a protest about the Mercedes Pirelli test in order to gain clarity on what is allowed.
Like most other teams in the paddock Ferrari is adamant that any test with a current car is illegal – but if it isn’t then the Italian team is only too happy to participate.
“We just want to know if this is possible,” said Domenicali. “If this is possible we’d be the first to raise our hands to make sure that we can do the same, because as you know Ferrari has been very pushy to try and do in-season testing on the track, and this is the reason why we wanted to understand this situation, no more than that.
“And if the decision can be opposite on what we believe, it’s the right interpretation of course on our side, then we will need to react immediately and ask for this to happen I would say as soon as technically we can do something.
“Since two years I think it’s clear that Pirelli, in order to do some testing, was asking for all the teams to do some running. But for us it’s very clear that we cannot do that with the actual car, and that’s why basically even if they didn’t formally ask us, we believe that it’s not possible to do it. Because otherwise, as I said, we’d be the first to be there in pole position.”
Asked if Rosberg’s Monaco win had been tainted by the saga, Domenicali was circumspect.
“That’s difficult to say to be honest. For sure three days have helped them, because otherwise you don’t do a test. But to say that this was an immediate effect I would say something that I don’t know, because I don’t know what they did, I don’t know who was there, I don’t know anything more than what is on air I would say. I would be too superficial and I don’t want to be.”