FIA confirms Mercedes hearing for June 20th


The FIA has confirmed the International Tribunal hearing on Mercedes’ controversial test will take place on June 20th.

Mercedes spent three days testing at the Circuit de Catalunya between May 15th and 17th, three days after the Spanish Grand Prix, despite in-season testing being against the rules.

“The President of the FIA, acting as the FIA Prosecuting Body, sent to the President of the International Tribunal a notification of charges against Pirelli and a notification of charges against Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team,” said the sport’s governing body in a statement.

The details of the test were not disclosed by Mercedes and tire supplier Pirelli until the events came to light during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. That prompted Red Bull and Ferrari to bring a protest against the team ahead of the sixth round of the championship.

They believe Mercedes have violated article 22.4 (h) of the Sporting Regulations which states:

No track testing may take place […] Between the start of a ten day period which precedes the start of the first event of the championship and 31 December of the same year with the following exceptions:

One three day young driver training test carried out on a date and site approved by the FIA following consultation with all teams. No driver who has competed in more than two F1 world championship races may take part in this test and all drivers must be in possession of an International A License.

Four one day aerodynamic tests carried out on FIA approved straight line or constant radius sites between 1 February of the current year and the start of the last event of the championship. Any of these days may be substituted for four hours of wind-on full scale wind tunnel testing to be carried out in a single twenty four hour period.