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Mercedes and Pirelli will face charges over the tyre test row at the FIA's International Tribunal on June 20, the governing body has confirmed.

Charges have been brought against both Mercedes and Pirelli after they conducted a private test with a 2013 car after the Spanish Grand Prix. The two will now head to the FIA headquarters in Paris on June 20 to defend themselves in front of the Tribunal.

An FIA statement confirmed: "On 5 June 2013, further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars No. 9 and 10 (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) for having conducted with Pirelli a three day tyre testing using a 2013 car on 15, 16 and 17 May in Barcelona, 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.

"On 5 June 2013, Pirelli and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team have been convened by the President of the International Tribunal to appear before a judging panel of the International Tribunal."

The statement added: "The decision of the International Tribunal will be published as soon as possible after the hearing."

Over the Canadian Grand Prix weekend both Mercedes and Pirelli said they were looking forward to telling their sides of the story at the Tribunal.