Tyregate hearing to take place on June 20th
Mercedes and Pirelli will both be present at the hearing, having taken part in a ‘secret’ tyre test after the Spanish Grand Prix using their 2013 car, the W04. This does contravene the regulations that ban in-season testing, causing Ferrari and Red Bull to lodge protests against the German team.
Over the past few weeks, more and more details have emerged about the test, with Ross Brawn taking responsibility for the decision on Friday.
The FIA statement reads:
“On 5 June 2013, further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars n°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.
When: 09.30 hrs Thursday, June 20, 2013
Where: FIA Salle du Comité, 8, place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris
Decision: The decision of the International Tribunal will be published as soon as possible after the hearing.”
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