Formula One’s in-season test ban has become such a bane for all the F1 teams that most of them are trying to find whatever loophole they can find just so they can get a chance to take their cars out for test runs in the middle of the season.

Turns out, Ferrari just may have found theirs.

Technically speaking, a regulation in the F1 rulebook allows teams to bring their cars out on track during the season if it’s done merely for promotional purposes. Sounds skittish, but its true. So, Ferrari did what any sneaky team with a good legal department would do; they bent the rules without breaking them by giving Fernando Alonso some lap times on-board the Ferrari F10 at the team’s Fiorano race track so he could “test” - excuse us, “promote” - their new exhaust layout.

And to cover their bases to make everything “promotional”, they released the video of Alonso doing some lap times in his F10 at Fiorano. Genius idea, fellas.

Needless to say, the rest of the other Formula One teams didn’t find the whole episode in the “spirit” of fair play. Or maybe they’re just kicking themselves for not thinking of the idea first.

So, fair play or dirty pool? You be the judge.


Source: Italiaspeed TV

Kirby Garlitos
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  (383) posted on 03.7.2011

I’ve considered everyone on F1 is competitive! I love every piece of it!

  (555) posted on 07.6.2010

i bet ferrari did catch the attentions of the other competitors.

  (648) posted on 07.5.2010

Sound menacing, but ferrari didn’t play fair.

  (858) posted on 07.4.2010

this is a dirty promotional video, they’ve taken the opportunity to promote their new exhaust layout. Amazing, isn’t it?

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