Pirelli and Mercedes face F1 tribunal over ‘secret’ tyre tests

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Formula 1 has got its wheels in a spin following the announcement that Pirelli tyres and Mercedes are being summoned to a tribunal by the sports governing body.

The FIA is set to probe the circumstances surrounding the ‘secret’ test session carried out by Mercedes and Pirelli following last month’s Spanish Grand Prix, after Red Bull and Ferrari issued protests.

The furore broke out during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, when it emerged that Mercedes had conducted a three-day, 1,000km tyre test for Pirelli using a current race car, as well as the teams drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Rival teams were enraged because they had not been informed of the test and they considered that it was unfair, underhand and likely to give Mercedes a competitive advantage.

In the light of their enquiries, FIA president Jean Todt has decided to bring the case concerning the testing session before an FIA International Tribunal on the grounds that the conditions of the test might constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules.

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

Alex Kapadia, Operations Team

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