The FIA has hinted that Mercedes could face sanctions over its three-day test with Pirelli in Spain, arguing that the correct procedures may not have been followed.
Both Mercedes and Pirelli have insisted they did nothing wrong in carrying out the test and had asked for permission from the FIA to conduct the test – with the aim being to resolve some of the tyre issues faced so far this season.
Red Bull and Ferrari both lodged a protest with stewards in Monaco into the test, with the officials in Monte Carlo confirming that they would provide a report for the governing body detailing their findings after lengthy meetings in the paddock.
The FIA has now spoken publically on the incident in a statement issued to the press on Sunday evening in which it confirms that Pirelli asked if it could carry out a development test with a team using a current car.
The governing body agreed to the move if the test was carried out by Pirelli and on the condition that every other team was given the chance to test 'to ensure full sporting equity'.
On the back of that, the FIA said it received no further information about the test or about whether or not other teams had been offered the chance to take part, with the end result that Mercedes could now face further action from the governing body.
“At the beginning of May, the FIA was asked by Pirelli if it was possible to carry out some tyre development testing with a team, using a current car,” a highly critical statement from the governing body read. “Within the contract Pirelli has with the FIA as single-supplier, there is provision for them to carry out up to 1000kms of testing with any team – provided every team is offered the opportunity to do so.
“Pirelli and Mercedes-AMG were advised by the FIA that such a development test could be possible if carried out by Pirelli, as opposed to the team that would provide the car and driver, and that such tests would be conditional upon every team being given the same opportunity to test in order to ensure full sporting equity.
“Following this communication, the FIA received no further information about a possible test from Pirelli or Mercedes-AMG. Furthermore the FIA received no confirmation that all teams had been given an opportunity to test.
“In addition, with regard to the application of the sport's rules, including principles of sporting equity, it should be remembered that the International Sporting Code provides that on the basis of a report of the stewards of the meeting, or on its own initiative, the prosecuting body of the FIA may bring a matter before the International Tribunal.
“The Tribunal may decide to inflict penalties that would supercede any penalty the Stewards of the Meeting may have issued. Such procedure would be following in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary rules.”