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Mercedes and Pirelli get reprimands for 'secret' tyre test

21 June 2013

Mercedes and Pirelli have both reprimanded for the 'secret' tyre test following last month's 2013 F1 Spanish Grand Prix, it has been confirmed, with Mercedes has also being banned from taking part in this year's Young Driver test.

The International Tribunal convened yesterday [Thursday] in Paris with its verdict released today.

A statement posted on the FIA's website read:


The following hearing of the International Tribunal took place in Paris on Thursday 20 June 2013.

Disciplinary procedure against Mercedes and Pirelli (2013 FIA Formula One World Championship).


Reminder of the facts

On 5 June 2013, further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars number 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.

Decision of the International Tribunal

The Tribunal, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided that:

1. Mercedes be reprimanded;
2. Mercedes be suspended from participating in the forthcoming “three day young driver training test”;
3. Pirelli be reprimanded.

and rejected all other and further conclusions.

The International Tribunal was presided over by Mr Edwin Glasgow QC (Great Britain), and included Mr Christy Harris (United States), Mr Patrick Raedersdorf (Switzerland) and Mr Anthony Scott Andrews (Great Britain).


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