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No decision from Tribunal on Thursday

There will be no decision announced from the International Tribunal on Thursday, said officials, as Pirelli started its defence with a stark repudiation of the hearing's jurisdiction.
The formal announcement of the decision in the FIA International Tribunal proceedings on matters arising from the 'secret' test conducted by Mercedes and Pirelli at the Circuit de Catalunya last month won't be made until Friday, the president of the tribunal Edwin Glasgow QC has confirmed.



The Tribunal had previously said that it would hand down its decision as soon as possible, but officials at the FIA's headquarters in Place de la Concorde stated over lunch that the decision would probably not come today and that the panel instead wished to take its time reviewing the evidence and deliberating.

After a break for lunch, proceedings resumed in the afternoon with Pirelli's turn to take to the stand and give testimony.

Pirelli's lawyer Dominque Dumas immediately asserted that "we do not come under the jurisdiction or authority of the FIA," and therefore are not subject to the Tribunal's proceedings or any sanctions they might hand out.

That's because the Tribunal is a body of the sporting authority, the FIA, but Pirelli is not a competitor but rather a contractor appointed under commercial contract.

Dumas cited precedent from the 2009 "Crashgate" case against former Renault boss Flavio Briatore as evidence that the FIA can't take action against third parties and non-licence holders without it being overturned in civil court.

Pirelli's opening statement indicates the the tyre manufacturer is at the end of its tether regarding its recent treatment by the support and is preparing a no-holds-barred robust defence of its actions -no matter who they might embarrass or what the consequences may prove to be.

Dumas also picked up on an issue raised in the morning by Mercedes, stating that Pirelli's contract with the FIA places no restrictions about what car can be used for its permitted tests - in other words, that the FIA has no right to dictate to the company how and when it can test its products.

The FIA's lawyer, Mark Howard QC, countered Pirelli's argument by claiming that "Pirelli's submissions are confused and miss the point."





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richard

June 20, 2013 6:35 PM

rob. exclusion from young driver test???? what penalty is that? the only person who would suffer is the relevant young driver, who had no involvement in any way. and interesting, despite merc/Pirelli claiming it was 2014 tyres that were being tested, brawn said that it was a "safety issue". ?????????? what was the safety issue? was it the delaminating of 2013 tyres, that brawn says were not tested? and if that is what they were testing, it would of course have a serious benefit for merc for this year, as they would now know what non delaminating tyres could be stressed to.



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