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Nothing like being called to the principal’s office. Here is the full statement:

The Monaco Grand Prix Stewards raised in their report to the FIA an issue concerning a tyre testing session carried out by Pirelli with the participation of Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in Barcelona on 15-17 May 2013[1].

The FIA requested clarifications from Pirelli and Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in this respect.

The FIA also asked questions to Scuderia Ferrari Team, which took part in a tyre testing with Pirelli in Barcelona on 23-24 April 2013.

The FIA requested all the other F1 Teams to provide the FIA with information they may have regarding any tests carried out by Pirelli during the 2013 season.

In the light of all the replies received and in view of the information gathered during this inquiry, the President of the FIA, acting as the FIA prosecuting body, has decided:

  • To close the case as regard to Scuderia Ferrari Team considering that its participation in a tyre testing organized by Pirelli in Barcelona on 23-24 April 2013 using for this purpose a 2011 car is not deemed to contravene the applicable FIA rules.
  • To bring the case concerning the tyre testing session carried out by Pirelli and Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in Barcelona on 15-17 May 2013 before the FIA International Tribunal because it results from the inquiry that the conditions of this testing may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules.

The FIA International Tribunal is called upon to make a decision in compliance with the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.


[1] The Stewards’ report follows the protests made by Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari Team on the occasion of the Monaco Grand Prix against Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 concerning its participation in the Barcelona tests (15-17 May 2013).

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  • Jack Flash (Aust)

    As I prophesied on 31-May under “Ferrari… doth protest too much” thread:

    “You know Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and their tarty concubine Pirelli MUST be in the wrong very deeply, when even Scuderia Ferrari F1 has the moral high-ground on them.

    True dat! ” JF

  • Brian

    I don’t see it on the FIA page, but is there a date for the tribunal or an ETA on a decision? TBH, I don’t really care how this gets resolved. At this point, it’d be nice to just have resolution.

    • niyoko

      I would have liked to have this resolved by Canada. Mercedes shouldn’t be allowed to race in Canada, because their car has an advantage gained from the 1000km of running they did in Spain.

  • charlie w

    I bet either Mercedes AMG or Pirelli has a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card ready for use.

  • tom

    I guess it’ll come down to this:

    For Mercedes, the question will be whether or not this was their test. If it is deemed a Mercedes test, then they’ll have a problem, if it was officially a Pirelli test, Mercedes should be fine.

    For Pirelli, the question will be whether or not all teams had the same opportunity. If they did, Pirelli should be fine.

    As I previously said, I think Mercedes should be fine, but given F1 politics, I could still see them getting punished.
    Pirelli on the other hand has a more difficult case to make, yet I cannot see them getting punished.

  • a_j

    It will be a fine, perhaps a suspended ban, at the most, there is too much money involved to have the Mercs not race.

    The real worry here is Pirelli must be getting sick of F1, its only harming the brand instead of helping it, and my thoughts about how they are not changing anything post-canada, could mean they are playing the waiting game on the 2014 contract, or even worse, have decided themselves they dont want to invest any more money into F1 with a view of scrapping the idea of supplying tyres.