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Stewards refer Mercedes tyre test protest to FIA 26 May 2013

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Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Race Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 26 May 2013 Mercedes AMG F1 mechanic and Pirelli tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Thursday, 23 May 2013

Monaco Grand Prix stewards are to write a report to the FIA regarding Mercedes’ recent Pirelli tyre test. It follows Sunday’s protest from Red Bull and Ferrari questioning the legality of running such a test with a 2013 car under current Formula One regulations. The sport’s governing body may then bring the matter before the International Tribunal.

Although F1 regulations prohibit in-season testing by teams, Pirelli’s contract with the FIA as the sport’s official tyre supplier allows them to carry out up to 1000 kilometres of development testing with any team, provided every team is offered the opportunity.

In a statement issued to the media following the stewards’ decision, the FIA said it had responded positively to an initial enquiry from Pirelli regarding the possibility of such a test with Mercedes’ current car, as long as the test was conducted by Pirelli and not Mercedes, and as long as all other teams were given the same opportunity.

However, the FIA said it had received no subsequent confirmation from Pirelli or Mercedes that the test - carried out in Barcelona in the week following the Spanish Grand Prix - was going ahead, or that other teams had been given the chance to take part.

Neither Pirelli nor Mercedes have released any official comment on the matter following the stewards' decision.

The FIA statement in full:
“At the beginning of May, the FIA was asked by Pirelli if it was possible for it to carry out some tyre development testing with a team, using a current car. Within the contract Pirelli has with the FIA as single supplier, there is provision for them to carry out up to 1000km of testing with any team - provided every team is offered the opportunity to do so.

“Pirelli and Mercedes-AMG were advised by the FIA that such a development test could be possible if carried out by Pirelli, as opposed to the team that would provide the car and driver, and that such tests would be conditional upon every team being given the same opportunity to test in order to ensure full sporting equity.

“Following this communication, the FIA received no further information about a possible test from Pirelli or from Mercedes-AMG. Furthermore, the FIA received no confirmation that all teams had been given an opportunity to take part in this test.

“In addition, with regard to the application of the sport’s rules, including principles of sporting equity, it should be remembered that the International Sporting Code provides that on the basis of a report of the stewards of the meeting, or on its own initiative, the prosecuting body of the FIA may bring a matter before the International Tribunal.

“The Tribunal may decide to inflict penalties that would supercede any penalty the stewards of the meeting may have issued. Such procedure would be followed in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.”

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