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International Tribunal hearing date set

The date for the International Tribunal hearing into the case for disciplinary action against Mercedes and Pirelli for in-season testing has been set.
The FIA International Tribunal hearing into the conduct of Mercedes and Pirelli over a tyre test the two conducted in Barcelona last month will take place in Paris on Thursday, June 20 at 9.30am.

The hearing will take place at the offices of the FIA Salle du Comité in the Place de la Concorde.

The FIA confirmed the widely-anticipated location, date and time in a statement on its website on Monday afternoon. It means the case will be heard the week before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The FIA statement announcing the hearing details doesn't say when the Tribunal's verdict will be known, only that it "will be published as soon as possible after the hearing."

Mercedes and Pirelli must appear before the independent panel to answer charges that the controversial test they held at the Circuit de Catalunya the week after the Spanish Grand Prix breached FIA sporting regulations about in-season testing using current F1 equipment.

The Tribunal announcement states: "On 5 June 2013, further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars #9 and #10 (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) for having conducted with Pirelli a three day tyre-testing using a 2013 car on 15, 16 and 17 May in Barcelona, the President of the FIA, acting as the FIA Prosecuting Body, sent to the President of the International Tribunal a notification of charges against Pirelli and a notification of charges against Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

"On 5 June 2013, Pirelli and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team have been convened by the President of the International Tribunal to appear before a judging panel of the International Tribunal."

Mercedes insist that they have done nothing wrong and rumour persist that they have documentation from the FIA - possibly in the form of an email from Charlie Whiting - authorising them to proceed with the test.

The FIA has vehemently denied this, and Mercedes' rivals have been pressing hard for a serious punishment to be handed down to the Mercedes team for allowing the test to go ahead knowing that it it would likely breach the current regulations.

The hearing is new ground for the Tribunal, which was set-up as part of the 2011 reforms to the FIA's disciplinary procedures in late 2011. If the ruling goes against Mercedes then the Tribunal has a wide array of options with which to punish the team's infraction, ranging from a simple fine to outright exclusion from the F1 world championship.





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ratchet69

June 11, 2013 10:58 AM

It would seem that this is the perfect opportunity for the FIA to shoot itself in the foot once again. Acting as judge, jury and executioner yet again. How will they tread the fine line between giving enough punishment to Mercedes and Pirelli to satisfy Red Bull and Ferrari and ending up with the loss of a top team, a tyre supplier, and a third of the engines for next year? OK, so Mercedes may stay but Pirelli still has no contract for next year and have been taking a lot of flak, for doing exactly what the FIA wanted. What's to stop them (Pirelli) giving the FIA the 'bird' and just walking away. After the way the FIA has treated the current and previous tyre suppliers the contract has become a bit of a poisoned chalice.

JeremyPaul

June 11, 2013 3:04 AM

Onus rests with the FIA to inform "all teams" once a tire manufacturer has told them (FIA) of a testing session. To expect or even imagine a race team has any responsibility to share proprietary information is beyond reason-laughable. Does Bernie permit such quibbling and caviling to draw the soap-opera set into the F-1 audience?? Me thinks SO. regards, J.P. Wachs



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