FIA calls Ferrari into Pirelli testing investigation

A statement from the FIA tonight confirms that Scuderia Ferrari has now been brought into the investigation into the Mercedes Pirelli test.

As outlined here earlier this week, Ferrari took part in a test in April with a 2011 car – although when questioned in a teleconference today Paul Hembery declined to name the Italian team, saying that the matter was confidential.

The FIA confirmed that both teams have been invited to reply to a disciplinary enquiry.

The statement said: “The FIA  has asked Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Team which have taken part in tyre tests in the 2013 season to reply to a disciplinary inquiry in pursuance of the FIA Judicial and Disciplinary Rules.

“This follows the Stewards’ Report from the Monaco Grand Prix and represents supplementary information required by the FIA in the light of the replies received from Pirelli, who were asked for clarifications on Tuesday May 28th.”

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5 responses to “FIA calls Ferrari into Pirelli testing investigation

  1. CTP

    hehehe. it just gets more interesting.

  2. Manuel

    ummm…no wonder why these two teams have upped their performance lately

    • Domenico

      I think Ferrari’s performance was there from the start of the season just like Merc was expected to be strong in Monaco. So there is nothing that suggests any of them have gained a performance benefit from the test.

      If Merc were to do well in Silverstone then some questions would have to be asked, but seeing as Ferrari has done well all year a good performance in Silverstone will not have anyone (at least the rational amongst us) pointing fingers at them.

      My view is that Ferrari being called before the FIA is bad news for Mercedes as it shows a team in a similar circumstance to Merc used an old chassis and not with the race or test team or race drivers.

      This is where Merc fall down I think. Whether or not any other teams were asked to do the test is up to Pirelli not the teams who ended up doing the test.

      It is important to define clearly who is responsible for what, and I don’t think it is up to the teams to publicise the tests they are doing, it is up to the teams to ensure the way they do the test conforms with the sporting regulations. Ferrari seems to have done this.

      The issue for Pirelli is they seem to have requested permission from the FIA to test with a 2013 chassis and the FIA stated clearly that as long as all the other teams are asked to do the same test then it is ok. This wasn’t done it seems from the information at hand at the moment.

      MB’s only defence is to say that Pirelli advised them it was ok to test with their 2013 car even though this seems to contravene the sporting regs.

      What MB should have done is check this out with the FIA before the test as what Pirelli may have stated was ok with the FIA may not have been interpreted correctly and it flew directly in the face of the sporting regs so to be sure they (MB) should have checked with the FIA before the test to ensure using the 2013 chassis with race team and race drivers was ok.

      They didn’t.

      In my view Pirelli is at fault for not informing all the teams of the opportunity to do a 2013 chassis test and Merc is at fault for not doing their homework and checking it was ok.

      My feeling is that Merc knew they were in the grey area in doing the test but thought it best to beg for forgiveness than ask permission. We have all been there before and i must say in most instance i have erred on the side of begging for forgiveness.

      Time will tell if this was the correct thing to do or not by Merc and Pirelli.

  3. ACx

    Merc and Pirelli claim they wrote to or spoke to the FIA. So, IMHO, the FIA is an actor in this. Who investigates their part in it?

    • As the FIA said Sunday night in Monaco, the question as asked in early May, the FIA said maybe but here are the conditions, and they went ahead and did it without fulfilling the conditions or getting any kind of written conformation.

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