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FIA investigating Ferrari as well as Mercedes over tests

ESPN Staff
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Ferrari is also under investigation by the FIA © Sutton Images

The FIA has called on Ferrari as well as Mercedes to reply to a disciplinary inquiry over tests conducted with Pirelli.

Mercedes caused controversy when it emerged at the Monaco Grand Prix that it had supplied a 2013 car to Pirelli to conduct tyre testing. Ferrari and Red Bull both lodged protests against the test but now Ferrari has also been asked to supply information of a Pirelli test its Corse Clienti division took part in using a 2011 car at Barcelona.

It had previously been considered that using a 2011 car was within the Sporting Regulations, but the FIA issued a statement on Friday night saying it was investigating both tests.

"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," the statement said.

"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 28."

Speaking after his team lodged the protest in Monaco, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domencali made clear that it was his understanding that cars from the current and previous year could not be used.

"For us it was not in doubt that it was the 2013 car and - as written in the regulation 22.1 - it's not possible to use the previous year's cars during the season for any kind of activity."

Article 22.1 states: "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."

It is possible the FIA is investigating whether the Ferrari run at the Pirelli test "conforms substantially with the current Formula One technical regulations" despite being two years old.