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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the Canadian Grand Prix. Picture: AP/ The Canadian Press

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the Canadian Grand Prix. Picture: AP/ The Canadian Press

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the Canadian Grand Prix. Picture: AP/ The Canadian Press

F1: The FIA has fast-tracked an International Tribunal, surprisingly announcing both Mercedes and Pirelli are in the dock for the hearing that will take place on June 20.

The tribunal, called after Red Bull and Ferrari protested against Mercedes' use of a 2013 car to assist Pirelli in a 1,000-kilometre test, will be heard at the FIA's Paris headquarters.

Mercedes are deemed to be in breach of the sporting regulations with regard to in-season testing laws, with a wide-range of sanctions available to the tribunal, including a fine, points deduction, race ban, or even exclusion from the championship.

Question marks, however, surround Pirelli as to the charges they face and a potential penalty that could be levied against the Italian manufacturer if found guilty as they are not a competitor.

The FIA has announced a decision on the case "will be published as soon as possible after the hearing".

DUNNE DELIVERS OUT WEST

GOLF: At the AIG-sponsored Irish Close Championship, at Connemara Golf Club, the East of Ireland champion Paul Dunne from Greystones is through to the last 16 after wins over David Carey and Liam Ashby, both by a margin of 5/4.

Last year's winner Chris Selfridge lost to Jonathan Yates of Naas 3/2.


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