Motor racing’s governing body, FIA, has confirmed that charges had been brought against both Mercedes, who allegedly broke Formula One’s Sporting Regulations by running a 2013 car at the three-day test, and Pirelli.
The FIA’s International Tribunal (IT) is to meet in Paris on June 20 to hear the case against Mercedes and Pirelli concerning their recent tyre test. It follows the protest lodged by Red Bull and Ferrari at the Monaco Grand Prix.
The tribunal will consider whether the three-day test, conducted in Spain in May using a 2013 car broke Formula One regulations which (with the exception of the annual young driver test and limited straight-line aero work) prohibit the use of current cars for in-season testing.
However, there appears to some uncertainty as to whether the Italian tyre manufacturer can in fact be forced to attend the tribunal as it is not actually a Formula One competitor.
A statement from the FIA said: “Further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars #9 and 10 (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) for having conducted with Pirelli a three-day tyre testing using a 2013 car on May 15-17 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.
“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.”
The hearing, which will be open to the media, is due to be held in Paris on June 20, 2013 and a decision will be made as soon as possible thereafter.
The tribunal has the power to impose a range of possible sanctions.