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How the Mercedes test row unfolded

A look at how the row surrounding Mercedes' tyre test with Pirelli unfolded as the team heads before the FIA's International Tribunal in Paris
Mercedes is set to discover if it will face any sanctions over its tyre test with Pirelli when the FIA's International Tribunal meets to discuss the matter in Paris today [Thursday].

The Tribunal was due to start at 9.30am local time, with Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn and Pirelli's Paul Hembery amongst those set to face questions from the governing body as it seeks to discover if the test was in breach of the sport's current regulations.

While in-season testing is currently banned, Mercedes insists it was acting with permission from the FIA, although the governing body has suggested that things weren't that simple when it came to the issue of whether the test could take place or not.

But how did the issue arise and how did the story develop?

26 May:

Just before the Monaco Grand Prix, news breaks of a three day test carried out by Mercedes in Barcelona to help Pirelli with tyre development work.

Mercedes say the FIA was aware of the test and that it didn't try to hide anything.

Pirelli also insists that the test was legal and that no rules have been broken.

After a protest is lodged by Red Bull and Ferrari, Rosberg wins in Monte Carlo. The result stands, but stewards elect to send the matter to the FIA with the suggestion that it could go before the International Tribunal.

The governing body reacts by hinting at sanctions being taken against Mercedes for taking part in the test.

27 May:

Red Bull say the Mercedes test was underhand and a breach of the regulations.

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