Mercedes case rolling on
The FIA has confirmed that the Mercedes testing case will go before the International Tribunal.
The case is regarding a secret tire test with Pirelli.
However, no further action will be taken with regard to Ferrari, as the FIA deemed that no regulations have been broken.
The news comes after the FIA has spent the period since Monaco collecting evidence. The final decision to proceed was taken by FIA president Jean Todt.
The FIA Statement reads as follows:
The Monaco Grand Prix Stewards raised in their report to the FIA an issue concerning a tire 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 tire 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 tire 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 tire 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.