Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2011

FIA to “strengthen” controls on testing

2013 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2011The FIA has pledged to “strengthen” how it regulates testing in Formula One following Mercedes’ punishment for conducting a test with Pirelli ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Ferrari also conducted a test for Pirelli in April and it emerged during yesterday’s Tribunal hearing they had previously done so during 2012 as well.

“The FIA wishes that lessons are learnt from this case and from the decision handed down,” said the sport’s governing body in a statement today. “To this end, the FIA will make sure, in association with all F1 teams, that its control of the testings is strengthened.”

“It is recalled that the notification of the FIA International Tribunal’s decision opens to each of the parties concerned the possibility of bringing an appeal against this decision before the FIA International Court of Appeal within seven days,” it added.

The FIA admitted following the hearing that Mercedes “had no reason to believe” it was breaking the rules by conducting the test.

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