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International Tribunal hearing date set

It's also an uncomfortable moment for Pirelli, who are currently bidding to maintain their exclusive contract for the provision of tyres to the world championship beyond the end of 2013.

However it's not entirely clear under what grounds the Tribunal is hearing any case against Pirelli, which is not a competitor and therefore not subject to adjudication under the sporting regulations in the same way that Mercedes is.

Pirelli's position in the sport is via commercial contract with the FIA and therefore any sanctions against the company - or even the termination of their services - would likely have to go through formal business legal proceedings rather than under the auspices of the International Tribunal, which at best could probably only make a non-binding recommendation to the FIA President Jean Todt over how he should proceed in the matter.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has since attempted to make it clear that his team's original complaint to the FIA was only against Mercedes and was never directed at Pirelli.

"I think the issue is nothing to do with Pirelli," he said. "They asked for a car to be used, and it is the entrants' responsibility to ensure that that car complies with the rules.

"Our issue is not to do with Pirelli, it is to do with the current entrant," he added, referring to Mercedes. "They broke the rules."

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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.


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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