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Test row is with Mercedes, not Pirelli - Horner

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says Mercedes has to take the blame for the tyre testing row and not Pirelli.

Pirelli requested a 1000km tyre test with Mercedes in order to work on potential safety fixes from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards and its 2014 tyres. Red Bull and Ferrari protested that Mercedes was in breach of regulations having used a 2013 car for the test, and Horner said it didn't matter if Pirelli is allowed to carry such a test.

"Your contracts with your suppliers are irrelevant - in our opinion - to the commitment of a team," Horner said. "When it enters the world championship it's the team's responsibility to comply with the regulations. Irrelevant of what the contracts say it's the team that is there to comply. The issue isn't so much with Pirelli, it's more that a team has purposely tested a current car at a current circuit in our view in breach of the regulations."

Horner added that his main concern was that if a loophole was there to be exploited it would lead to the return of expensive in-season testing, having estimated the test will have cost potentially over a million pounds.

"Obviously they have a contract with each of the teams that allows them to do 1000km of testing. The small problem is that the regulations don't - in our opinion - allow you to do that. I think the danger with this is we'll suddenly all go back, open up testing and that just introduces a lot more costs."

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