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Mercedes 'welcomes' International Tribunal summons

Mercedes: Sporting integrity is of primary importance to Mercedes-Benz and we have the utmost confidence in the due process of the FIA
Mercedes has said it will 'welcome the opportunity' to go to the FIA International Tribunal and 'explain the full facts' of the tyre test it conducted with Pirelli following last month's 2013 F1 Spanish Grand Prix.

News of the decision to refer the matter to the International Tribunal broke on Wednesday evening, with a statement on the FIA site saying the test 'may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules' [see separate story - HERE].

In response, Mercedes has now released its own statement: "Mercedes-Benz acknowledges the decision of the FIA to take the matter of the Pirelli Test before the International Tribunal," it read.

"We welcome the opportunity to explain the full facts of the Pirelli Test in an open and transparent manner at the International Tribunal.

"Sporting integrity is of primary importance to Mercedes-Benz and we have the utmost confidence in the due process of the FIA."

A date for the tribunal has yet to be announced, but Mercedes could face a range of punishments, from a heavy fine, to a loss of championship points or even suspension from the championship – although the latter is very unlikely.

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June 06, 2013 6:42 PM

ferdi. that wont work in Europe! but from what I have heard, merc are claiming that the sporting codes ban on testing, refers to COMPETITORS, and Pirelli are not listed as a COMPETITOR. but if that is their argument, then the rules that pirelli could run a test, using Pirelli personnel and driver would apply. but In fact, merc ran the cars and used their own drivers (disguised).


June 06, 2013 9:27 PM

rob. Pirelli may have no new contract, but nobody else is interested. so fia will do everything they can to keep Pirelli sweet, otherwise there will be no tyres on the cars next year, hence no f1! red bull are reputed to be preparing a hovercraft for next year, as they have potted another loophole

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