Mercedes acknowledges and accepts the decision of the FIA tribunal

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The Mercedes AMG Formula 1 Team acknowledges and accepts the Decision of the FIA International Tribunal published today.

The Decision of the International Tribunal confirmed that the team acted in good faith regarding the Pirelli Tests, never intended to obtain any unfair sporting advantage and had no reason to believe that approval for the Pirelli Tests had not been given.

Mercedes accepts the proportionate penalties of a reprimand and suspension from the forthcoming Young Driver Test that have been decided upon by the Tribunal.

Mercedes would like to once again restate its firm belief in proper due process and commend the FIA for the principle of an independent disciplinary body.

The team would furthermore like to thank the International Tribunal and its President for the fair hearing it received yesterday.

In the best interests of the sport, the team does not intend to avail itself of any right to appeal the Decision.

Mercedes looks forward to working with the FIA and its fellow competitors to establish a more rigorous procedure for testing in the future, particularly to support the appointed tyre supplier.

We now wish to bring this matter to a close and focus on the forthcoming British and German Grands Prix, both of which are important home races for the team. (Mercedes)

  • CHL

    Good, now let’s get on with it! I am just so tired of some constant crisis in F-1. Let’s get back to racing!

  • Hawk

    thx to the tribunal for the quick justice.

  • The Pessimist

    I don’t buy Mercedes theory that they did not gain anything from the test. Their performance at the Canadian GP where Nico Rosberg managed to hold on to his position compared to Bahrain and China where they slid backwards quite dramatically shows what they have gained from the secret test.

  • Spartacus

    I don’t think that you can simply state that Mercedes must have gained simply because they managed better tyre management in Monaco and Canada. Many other teams, such as Red Bull, also made significant gains yet never had the Barcelona test.

    Rather I think you have to consider that the teams know what they’re doing outside of these test runs. Knowing that they’ve got high wear rates they’ll all have been getting less and less aggressive on their tyres.

    Let’s be honest, F1 has been fairly dull watching some of the most talented drivers in the world going round a circuit like geriatrics.