2013 F1 season
The FIA has called Mercedes to appear before its International Tribunal to answer questions concerning its controversial test for Pirelli.
In a statement released on Friday the sport’s governing body said: “In the light of all the replies received and in view of the information gathered during this inquiry, the president of the FIA, acting as the FIA prosecuting body, has decided to bring the case concerning the tyre testing session carried out by Pirelli and Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in Barcelona on 15-17 May 2013 before the FIA International Tribunal because it results from the inquiry that the conditions of this testing may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules.”
“The FIA International Tribunal is called upon to make a decision in compliance with the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.”
The FIA also confirmed it will close its case against Ferrari. “Its participation in a tyre testing organised by Pirelli in Barcelona on 23-24 April 2013 using for this purpose a 2011 car is not deemed to contravene the applicable FIA rules.”
Mercedes conducted a three-day test for Pirelli at the Circuit de Catalunya using their 2013 car, the W04, on May 15th to 17th. Ferrari’s test was conducted on April 23rd and 24th using the 150 Italia which was last used in F1 in 2011.
Ferrari and Red Bull protested against Mercedes when details of their test came to light during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend.
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