[QODLink]
Formula One

Mercedes and Pirelli to face tribunal

Following controversial tyre testing in Spain, the FIA issue statement of charges made against Mercedes and Pirelli.

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 17:24
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Mercedes team principal Ross Brown wants to be transparent about what the testing involved [AP]

Mercedes and Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli will appear before an international tribunal in Paris on June 20 to answer charges of breaking the rules by testing in Spain last month, the sport's governing body said on Monday.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that a notification of charges against both parties had been sent to the president of the tribunal.

"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," it said.

The verdict will be published 'as soon as possible' after the hearing.

Mercedes, who finished third in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix with 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, risk stiff sanctions ranging from a fine to points deduction or even exclusion if found guilty.

The rules bar teams from testing during the season with a current car.

Champions Red Bull and Ferrari, the sport's most successful team, made formal protests at last month's Monaco Grand Prix when news of the test leaked out.

Mercedes used their 2013 car at the 'secret' test in Barcelona, which came just before Germany's Nico Rosberg won in Monaco for the team, but have said the move was approved by the governing body.

They have also argued that the test was private and not secret, run and organised by Pirelli - who are sole providers rather than 'competitors' in the championship and therefore not subject to the ban that applies to teams.

Mercedes said last week that they welcomed the chance to present their case to the tribunal and would explain the full facts in "an open and transparent manner".

264

Source:
Reuters
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.