The tyre scandal's tangled implications

The tyre scandal's tangled implications

The repercussions of the row over Mercedes and Pirelli's secret tyre test run deep for Formula 1. Dieter Rencken unravels the political permutations

SECRET: ORIGIN late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin secretus (adjective) 'separate, set apart', from the verb secernere, from se- 'apart' + cernere 'sift'.

Given the (thus far known) circumstances surrounding the three-day test undertaken by Mercedes in conjunction with/on behalf of Formula 1's sole tyre supplier, it is certainly difficult to argue that the issue was not kept secret as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary (above), for it definitely set the team apart from the rest of the grid, and most certainly constituted a separate test session.

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