F1 2013 – FIA Tribunal: Pirelli argues not bound by regulations

Formula One News » F1 2013 – FIA Tribunal: Pirelli argues not bound by regulations

Pirelli has argued that they do not understand why they are facing disciplinary action at the FIA tribunal when it was only acting with the rights given by the FIA.

Pirelli claimed they are not bound by the F1 regulations and that the matter can only be dealt with by a civil court, however the FIA earlier said “We suggest it is clear that Pirelli are to be bound by the regulations – the F1 Sporting Regulations and the International Sporting Code,”

Dominique Dumas, lawyer for Pirelli said “Pirelli cannot understand the disciplinary action, Pirelli is only acting with the rights it was given by the FIA.

“We are unable to understand the disciplinary process. Ferrari and Red Bull have confirmed that they have no grievances against Pirelli, and it is also impossible to understand the procedure.

“The claims are unfounded because it has been recognised that Pirelli has not violated the code.”

Pointing out the case of Flavio Briatorie in 2008, Dumas said “In the framework of the case, FIA versus Flavio Briatore, an expert gave his opinion that the FIA, under French law, could have jurisdiction for sporting matters and statutes, but no jurisdiction or sanctioning power on people who have not accepted to comply with the regulations.”

“There cannot be a sanction without any solid legal grounding and Pirelli cannot accept and will not accept its image, quality of products, or credibility being tarnished because of a case that is not admissible and is unfounded,”

“I hope the decision you take will appease the tensions and will allow parties to come together and decide on rules, referring to tyre testing in F1. It is absolutely urgent and imperative to do so.”

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