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Mercedes team principal Ross Brown gestures as he answers to reporters during a news conference at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, in Montreal, Canada, Friday, June 7, 2013. At left is Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, in back row from left, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and McLaren team principal Martin Whitemarsh. A tire testing session involving Mercedes and Pirelli that was criticized by rival Formula One teams will be referred to the FIA's international tribunal as a possible breach of the sport's rules. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Mercedes team principal Ross Brown gestures as he answers to reporters during a news conference at the Gilles Villeneuve racetrack, in Montreal, Canada, Friday, June 7, 2013. At left is Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn, in back row from left, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner and McLaren team principal Martin Whitemarsh. A tire testing session involving Mercedes and Pirelli that was criticized by rival Formula One teams will be referred to the FIA's international tribunal as a possible breach of the sport's rules. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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(AP) Mercedes and Pirelli must answer charges that they breached Formula One rules by testing tires together.


The governing body of motorsport, the International Automobile Federation (FIA), has convened the hearing of its international tribunal. The disciplinary body will meet in Paris on Thursday and Mercedes and Pirelli have been summoned to appear.


The key issue is whether Mercedes gained a competitive advantage from testing tires with Pirelli in Barcelona from May 15-17.


An FIA inquiry determined "the conditions of this testing may constitute a breach of the applicable FIA rules."


Red Bull and Ferrari had protested the tests.


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