The FIA also wants to hear from Ferrari as part of its investigation into Pirelli testing

Scuderia now dragged into tyre-test row

By Mike Wise.   Last Updated: 03/06/13 12:21pm

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Ferrari: Dragged further into Pirelli tyre test row

Ferrari: Dragged further into Pirelli tyre test row

The FIA said on Friday that it now wants to hear from Ferrari as well as Mercedes as part of its ongoing Pirelli test investigation.

It emerged after Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix that Mercedes could potentially be sanctioned by the governing body after they conducted a 1,000km test of Pirelli tyres in Spain earlier this month.

Now it appears that Ferrari have, somewhat ironically, been pulled further into the row themselves having been, along with Red Bull, one of those who initiated the protest against the Mercedes test in the Principality.

It later emerged that the Scuderia conducted a similar test for the Italian tyre manufacturer between the Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix. The difference between the two, however, is that the Ferrari test was conducted with a two-year-old car.

Their belief is that, because the Mercedes test used a 2013 car, then they have breached the FIA's Sporting Regulations.

However, a statement released on the governing body's website on Friday evening confirmed that Ferrari too have been dragged into the row.

It read: '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.'

Speaking earlier on Friday, Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said the precise vintage of car taking part in the test didn't necessarily matter to them.

"Whether it's '11, '12 or '13...to be perfectly honest, from a tyremaker's point of view, that's all we need to have," he said.

Pirelli also denied that Mercedes would have gained any advantage from the test, which they say focused in the main on developing next year's tyres.

The relevant section of the sporting rules, Article 22.1, states that: 'Track testing shall be considered any track running time not part of an Event undertaken by a competitor entered in the Championship, using cars which conform substantially with the current Formula One Technical Regulations in addition to those from the previous or subsequent year.'

The FIA statement in full:
'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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