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Pirelli 'looking forward' to tribunal

ESPN Staff
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Paul Hembery was due to appear at the FIA press conference but withdrew on legal advice © Sutton Images

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery says the tyre manufacturer is "looking forward" to the International Tribunal over its test with Mercedes.

Hembery did not attend the FIA's press conference following advice from Pirelli's lawyers but did still host his own in the Pirelli motorhome on Friday evening. Though attempting not to talk about the upcoming tribunal, he did admit it was a good opportunity to be able to present facts to the FIA.

"We're looking forward to a tribunal," Hembery said. "Of course we are, because we want to be able to demonstrate our point of view and our situation. It's not nice sometimes to hear things that you know are maybe quite wide of the mark and I guess when you're quiet people can obviously use their imagination but the point of a tribunal - and a well-run tribunal I'm sure it will be because the FIA put in a new process - is to look at all the data and all the facts. There's a lot of context that needs to be taken in to account."

Pushed on whether Pirelli was obliged to attend, Hembery replied: "We acknowledge it and are pleased to follow the procedures."

Hembery added that he hopes a satisfactory outcome will allow Pirelli to campaign for changes to the current way of working within Formula One.

"It's not just about setting the record straight it's doing things different in the future, that's what's missing and that's what we'll be looking to see."