After it was confirmed yesterday that their case would be referred to the FIA tribunal, Mercedes have welcomed the opportunity to clear their name.
The team is accused of breaching the ban placed on in-season testing after undertaking 1000km of running at the Circuit de Catalunya following the Spanish Grand Prix. Although Ferrari completed a similar test after Bahrain, the Italian team used their 2011 car, whilst Mercedes ran with their current car, the W04. However, the team is positive that they remained within the rules as per tire supplier Pirelli’s contract with the sport, and they have released a statement today in response to the referral.
“Mercedes-Benz acknowledges the decision of the FIA to take the matter of the Pirelli Test before the International Tribunal.
“We welcome the opportunity to explain the full facts of the Pirelli test in an open and transparent manner at the International Tribunal. Sporting integrity is of primary importance to Mercedes-Benz and we have the utmost confidence in the due process of the FIA.”
A date has yet to be set, but there is a 45 day window in which the case must be dealt with, meaning that it will probably be reviewed between the German and Hungarian Grands Prix.