OK you win, its all a big conspiracy, although I was not aware I was calling you a conspiracy theorist. If you want to believe you are stating plain facts by regurgitating a few rumours that's up to you - you may not like my 'plausible thories' but at least you seem to admit they are might be plausible.
What I have suggested is based on my own experiences on the edges of motor sport, but if that's not enough evidence to pursuade you then OK I'll admit to failure.
From now on I'll keep out of it and leave you with your assumptions
I guess it will all come out in the wash eventually - but there again as it the FIA who are judge and jury as well as prosecutorsin the case what comes out may have shrunk somewhat.
Wonder how long the thread will be arguing over the outcome.
It sounded a lot like you were, but if you weren't then fair enough.
I have my own experiences on the edges of motorsport, nothing in F1, and nothing recent, but enough to be pretty sure everyone who does it at all seriously will take whatever advantage they can without clearly (or, in some cases, detectably) breaking the rules.
If you want to believe Mercedes were just being good neighbours by rocking up with their current car, race team and both race drivers to do some blind tyre testing for Pirelli, that's your prerogative. If you think Pirelli's repeated change of stance, and the contradictory things said by Mercedes, Pirelli and the FIA are simply a long list of blunders, that is too. I won't list everything again, but there are far too many incidences of backtracking, contradiction, unusual occurrences and obfuscation for it to sound as innocent to me as it does to you.
Like you, I doubt we'll find out much of anything in the end, and the punishment (if any) will fit the broad view rather than the crime. And, yes, I expect there will be a lot of debate over it, either way. Let's see what happens, and what we find out. If anything.
Edited by oetzi, 05 June 2013 - 14:06.