Mercedes Response to their reprimand and ban from the 3 day Young Drivers test.
“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 stated.
“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.
“Neither Pirelli nor Mercedes acted in bad faith at any material time”, the FIA stated. “Both Pirelli and Mercedes disclosed to FIA at least the essence of what they intended to do in relation to the test and attempted to obtain permission for it; and Mercedes had no reason to believe that approval had not been given.”
“Mercedes did obtain some material advantage (even if only by way of confirmation of what had not gone wrong) as a result of the testing, which, at least potentially, gave it an unfair sporting advantage, to the knowledge and with the intention of Pirelli.
The FIA also pointed out that Mercedes and Pirelli indeed breached articles 1 and 151 of the International Sporting Code, by testing with a 2013 car where as Ferrari tested with an 2011 model F1 car.