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Mercedes banned from young driver test after FIA Tribunal hearing

Jun 21, 2013, 8:18 AM EDT

France Tire Test Hearing AP

Mercedes and Pirelli have both been reprimanded for their role in the tire test after the Spanish Grand Prix, as determined Friday in a verdict by the FIA International Tribunal.

The biggest hit in the verdict is that Mercedes has been banned from competing in the upcoming three-day young driver’s test.

Otherwise Mercedes, Pirelli and the FIA were all asked to pay one-third of the costs of the investigation and procedure, with the FIA being asked to pay all its legal costs.

The Tribunal found that the testing itself was “carried out by Pirelli and/or Mercedes with the intention that Mercedes should not obtain any unfair sporting advantage.” Neither party acted in bad faith and disclosed their intent to the FIA, with Charlie Whiting’s blessing to allow the test to happen “consistent with sporting fairness.”

Notwithstanding that, the FIA said there were still violations committed. Because Mercedes did run its 2013 car, the W04, it acted in breach of Article 22.4 of the Sporting Regulations. It did obtain “some material advantage,” which then “potentially, gave it an unfair sporting advantage”. The FIA said “it is plain beyond sensible argument that Pirelli had intended confidentially to pass some information to Mercedes.”

Ferrari’s test with its older car, the FIA determined that it “would appear to be equally unsatisfactory” but the Tribunal itself had no evidence to place any similar penalty on the Scuderia.

The full 19-page verdict is linked here, with the summary from the FIA website here.

Related posts from Thursday:

FIA Tribunal arguments focusing on “the code”

Updates from the FIA International Tribunal on Mercedes’ test

  1. wallio - Jun 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Wow, and I thought OJ got off…..

  2. indycarseries500 - Jun 21, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Hopefully they get Sam Bird a few FP1s since he’s losing his days in the car.

  3. techmeister1 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    The FIA has become the laughing stock of motorsports. They are so incompetent it defies exaplanation. To suggest that Mercedes wasn’t trying to gain an advantage over the other teams by violating the rules and using a 2013 car is ludicrous.

  4. techmeister1 - Jun 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Please contact the FIA at the link below and insist that they properly punish Mercedes. What’s the point of racing if a team can clearly cheat and not be punished?

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