We have faith in FIA, says di Montezemolo
11 June 2013 – Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has expressed faith in the FIA ahead of the International Tribunal involving rivals Mercedes, the Italian "noting with satisfaction" that actions are being taken over the team's private post-Spanish GP tyre test.
At last month's Monaco Grand Prix, Ferrari and Red Bull both lodged protests to the stewards after discovering the three-day, 1000km test had taken place at the Circuit de Catalunya, with the teams unhappy over the fact that Mercedes used a 2013 car.
Although Ferrari had completed a similar test following the Bahrain Grand Prix, a 2011 chassis was used, clearing the Maranello-based outfit of any wrongdoing. And, ahead of the hearing on 20 June which has subsequently been organised by the FIA, di Montezemolo has praised the governing body for its response to the situation.
"We have faith in the FIA," said di Montezemolo, whose team sits 11 points ahead of Mercedes in the standings. "I do not wish to comment, but I note with satisfaction that the Federation is following this incident well. "Let’s hope Formula 1 can maintain its professionalism and we have faith that those who attempt to circumvent the regulations are pursued and prosecuted, or rather more prosecuted than pursued."
If found guilty at the International Tribunal, which is being held in Paris, Mercedes faces penalties ranging from a fine to exclusion from the World Championship.