Mercedes has been reprimanded and suspended from the next Young Driver Test due to it’s tyre test with Pirelli using a 2013 car.

After a long hearing on Thursday, the International Tribunal’s panel of judges delivered its verdict Today, and also reprimanded Pirelli for its actions.

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

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

 “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”, an FIA statement read.

“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.”

Mercedes and Pirelli are yet to release a statement.



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  • danny

    disappointing.laughable.swapping a young driver test for a private3day test basically.what a deterrent for other teams!and again it’s the young drivers that need the seat time that miss out.murray walker once said F1 is if spelt backwards.well IF this is justice then it underlines the sad state of the pinnacle of motor racing

    • Schmorbraten

      I’d rather have a young driver test where I can test out new parts or setups and basically control myself what gets tested and what gets changed on the car between runs than have Pirelli dictate what program is being run and just change tire specs and not change anything on the setup because that would confuse the data Pirelli is trying to collect about different tire specs …

      But crucially, even if Mercedes did gain some advantage: if the FIA or some of their employees allows the team to do the test, blame the FIA and not Mercedes.

  • Andreas

    A quick summary of the findings, from my corner: The Tribunal didn’t buy Pirelli’s jurisdiction argument. They note that if you’re the sole supplier for a vital part, you obviously need to play not only by your contract, but also by the rest of the rules. Fair enough, I’d say.

    They note that the test was not intended to give Mercedes any unfair sporting advantage, nor did Pirelli, Mercedes or Charlie Whiting act in bad faith. That said, they basically dismissed the “Pirelli ran the test, and they aren’t a competitor” argument, finding that Mercedes did breach the sporting regulations when they ran the 2013 car. Partly because they didn’t do enough to find out if the CW green light was an official position. The Tribunal does, however, note that the test would not have taken place if CW had said “no”, so some of the blame goes to FIA. They also note that Mercedes did gain some material advantage from the testing, even though it was of limited value (since they didn’t know what tyres they were running).

    As for penalties, the Tribunal takes the position that their objective is to maintain sporting equity, by placing the other teams to that or Mercedes. Hence the ban from the 3-day Young Drivers’ test. They also find that the three parties (FIA, Mercedes and Pirelli) should split the costs of the proceedings, aside from paying for their own legal costs.

    That was what I spotted thus far – anyone else see any other interesting stuff in the finding? Aside from the fact that they really should hire someone to help with their document layout, to make them easier to read… :D

  • Well that was anticlimactic.

    • Brian

      I came to say the exact same thing. A month of build up….what a waste.

  • charlie w

    Let’s get testing right now, teams! If the worst penalty we could get is a ban from the young drivers’ test, testing is a risk worth taking. Seriously, this judgment is a total joke and embarrassment to the sport. I must wonder how the FIA will get Pirelli pay its share of hearing costs since the FIA has no jurisdiction over them, according to Pirelli. And I were Paul Hembrey, let’s see F1 do that young drivers’ test without Pirelli tires.

    • Andreas

      Somehow I think if a team were to go car testing on their own – without the Pirelli connection – there would be a slightly different outcome… As to how to get Pirelli to chip in on the costs of holding the Tribunal, that’s another matter. Although I suspect they’ll pay up and be done with it. Bernie – always willing to stir things up – came out yesterday saying FOM already have a contract with Pirelli for 2014 (most likely for the commercial side of things). Although FIA and Pirelli still need to haggle the terms of an eventual tyre supply contract, it doesn’t look like F1 will be rolling on the rims next year…

    • Rapierman

      I think we’re going to need a “Fake FIA” on Twitter, Charlie. ;-)

  • TMAX

    Mercedes were not Fined. They were Reprimanded and banned from Young drivers test.

    • Cleared Up! thank you for pointing that out.

  • F1_Knight

    Great! Glad that’s over with! Can we please go back to complaining about DRS?

    • hobo

      Yes, let’s.

      I hate it.

    • Yes, DRS is truly rubbish isn’t it!

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  • Rapierman

    Looks like a pointless slap on the wrist. Guess I now know who blinked in this game of brinksmanship.