F1 »

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."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
25.05.2013- Qualifying, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and his wife Michelle Yeoh
12.05.2013-  Race, Jean Todt (FRA), President FIA and his wife Michelle Yeoh
07.06.2013- Friday Press Conference,  Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
20.04.2012- Free Practice 3, Paul Hembery, Pirelli Motorspor Director
FIA logo. 01.03.2013.
Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 - Pirelli tyre.
The Sahara Force India VJM10 Mercedes
Mercedes W08 teaser shots
Mercedes W08 teaser shots
Mercedes W08 teaser shots
Mercedes W08 teaser shots
Mercedes W08 Hybrid, teaser image, F1 [Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas]
Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 rear wing and Pirelli wheel.
Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 - Pirelli tyre and front wing detail.
Renault Sport F1 Team RS17 - Pirelli tyre.
Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - Mercedes, McLaren
George Russell, Mercedes junior programme, [Credit: Mercedes]
Valtteri Bottas - Mercedes AMG Petronas

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


June 10, 2013 10:21 PM

  •   Reply
  •   4 agree
  •   2 disagree


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

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.