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Mercedes accepts Tribunal ruling, will not appeal

Jun 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT


Mercedes has accepted the penalty handed down by the FIA International Tribunal on Friday, and will not appeal.

Its lawyer had suggested Mercedes be banned from the upcoming young driver test, which was the penalty the FIA imposed.

The tough luck award in the proceedings go to Sam Bird, Mercedes’ reserve driver, who has lost his next chance at a go in the W04. Still, at least now Mercedes can head to Silverstone with this affair fully in the background.

The statement reads:

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One 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 tire 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.

  1. techmeister1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Mercedes clearly cheated and got away with it. The FIA failed to do their job, which is no surprised based on past experiences. I wrote the FIA and gave them a piece of my mind over not punishing Mercedes for their obvious breach of the rules. If all fans contact the FIA and tell them this is wrong to allow Mercedes to gain a competitive advantage from 1000 km of illegal track testing, hopefully the FIA will do what is right, because their failure to punish Mercedes for the crime is simply unacceptable to me and I expect to many F1 fans who want all of the teams to compete fairly.

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