Formula 1 Tyre Test Scandal: Possible Punishments for Mercedes

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Formula 1 Tyre Test Scandal: Possible Punishments for Mercedes
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Mercedes and Pirelli will find themselves in the dock at the FIA International Tribunal (IT) this Thursday (20 June) as Formula One's "Tyregate" controversy approaches its conclusion.

It all stems from a "secret" tyre test back in May, held by Pirelli.

Accusations and press releases have been flying around the paddock for weeks now. Finger-pointing seems to be the order of the day, with everyone blaming someone else for the mess.

Their rivals claim Mercedes have broken the sporting regulations which ban in-season testing. The team and Pirelli dispute that, claiming the test was legal under the terms of Pirelli's contract and that they had the FIA's permission.

Of course, the FIA say they didn't.

The decision on who to punish, and what the punishment will be, will be made by at least three of the 12 judges elected to the IT for three-year terms in 2011. Due to the nationality of the parties involved, the one Italian (Pirelli) and two German (Mercedes) judges are excluded from selection.

Though elected by the FIA, the IT operates independently of the governing body.

It's impossible to say who'll be blamed for what, but that isn't stopping us from guessing.

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