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I knew what I was testing - Rosberg

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg says he knew what he was testing despite Pirelli having said the tests were conducted "in the dark" © Getty Images

Nico Rosberg has admitted he knew which tyres he was testing during Mercedes' tyre test with Pirelli at Barcelona despite the tyre manufacturer saying the tests were conducted "in the dark".

Mercedes has been summoned to face the FIA's International Tribunal over the test, with Rosberg previously saying the team didn't have any control over what was carried out. When asked if he or Mercedes was able to learn anything from the test, Rosberg claimed: "Nope, just Pirelli. I was trying to give them as much information as possible and what I was feeling to help them out with their tyre development program."

However, when then asked if he knew which tyres he was testing, in contrast to recent comments from Pirelli Rosberg replied: "Yes, for sure, of course.

"Yeah, definitely, I was aware of what the ideas were and what they were testing because I need to know that to try and be able to pinpoint for them best what's going on and what directions are likely to be best for them."

Rosberg's comments come despite Pirelli stating previously:

"The tyre tests were conducted "in the dark", which means that the teams had no information on which specifications were being tested or about the goal of the testing; nor did they receive any type of information afterwards."

Rosberg also said he hadn't expected the furore that had erupted following the test.

"It definitely wasn't to be expected because for all I knew it was perfectly normal that we were doing that. That's what the whole team thought and that's why we did it, that's the only reason because definitely we don't want to do anything that's not allowed."