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Mercedes and Ferrari summoned to Abu Dhabi stewards

Both teams have been summoned after comments made during the Las Vegas Grand Prix weekend by their Team Principals.

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Team Principals from both Ferrari and Mercedes must report to the Abu Dhabi stewards, to determine if there was a breach of the FIA International Sporting Code.

It relates to "certain language" used in the Team Principals Press Conference during the Las Vegas Grand Prix.

Both Toto Wolff and Frederic Vasseur were present in the conference, and went into diatribes over the running of the event following the lengthy delays for drain cover repairs.

FP1 was cut short to just nine minutes of track action, after Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon struck a water valve cover. The second practice session did not take place until two and a half hours after it was scheduled.

Vasseur expressed his frustration with the situation regarding Sainz, after his car was destroyed by the loose drain cover.

Wolff lashed out at critics of the event, believing that it was unfair to judge it after just half a day of action.

The purpose of the hearing is to determine if Article 12.2.1f of the ISC has been breached.

This states: "Any words, deeds or writings that have caused moral injury or loss to the FIA, its bodies, its members or its executive officers, and more generally on the interest of motor sport and on the values defended by the FIA."

The stewards said it was not possible to hold a hearing last Sunday morning, and have delegated their authority to the stewards in Abu Dhabi.

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