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FIA: All teams should have had opportunity to test

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Formula 1 governing body FIA has explained that the latest controversy of the Mercedes secret tyre test following the Spanish Grand Prix.

FIA says that 2013 F1 chassis at the latest Mercedes tyre test should have give an opportunity to every team to take part.

Red Bull and Ferrari beginning a protest against Mercedes, when they reveal private tyre test and the stewards have referred the subject to the FIA.

FIA issued the statement: “At the beginning of May, the FIA was asked by Pirelli if it was possible 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 information, the FIA received no further information about a possible test from Pirelli or Mercedes AMG. Furthermore, the FIA received no confirmation that all teams had been given an opportunity to take part in the 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 a 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 may 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.”

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery had said earlier in the day that other teams had been asked to take part in such a test before, but that Mercedes was the first outfit to accept.

“We’ve done it before with another team and we’ve asked another team to do some work as well,” he said.


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