Mercedes rumored to have letter permitting tire test

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Just when you thought tiregate was nearing its conclusion, some new evidence may have come to light. Mercedes are rumored to have a letter from the FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting permitting the test undertaken at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix.

As reported by The Guardian, the letter could give Mercedes a better chance of escaping the FIA tribunal, due to be held in four days’ time, without any major charges. The team is thought to be facing a big penalty after they completed a 1000km tire test in Barcelona using their 2013 car, which, under the regulations, is strictly forbidden.

However, Pirelli’s contract with the sport is rumored to allow such a test to take place, relying that all of the teams are informed and agree to it. With Red Bull and Ferrari both lodging protests over the matter at the Monaco Grand Prix though, it appears that this may not have occurred.

The letter would undermine the FIA’s attempt to prosecute Mercedes, with their very own delegate (Whiting) allowing the test to happen. Additionally, Ross Brawn has made clear on more than one occasion that he would not have gone ahead with the test unless he was confident that the team remained within the rules.

Either way, tiregate could be set to rumble on.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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