Mercedes accept International Tribunal verdict & won't be appealing the penalties
Brackley team now vow to focus on back-to-back 'home' races
By James Galloway. Last Updated: 24/06/13 12:23pm
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Mercedes have accepted "the proportionate penalties" imposed against them by the International Tribunal and confirmed they will not appeal the outcome of the 'Testgate' affair.
The Brackley-based outfit were handed a reprimand and suspension from next month's Silverstone young driver test after being found to have breached both F1's Sporting Regulations and the International Sporting Code by completing 1000km worth of tyre running with Pirelli at Barcelona last month.
However, Friday's Tribunal verdict noted that as neither accused party had acted in bad faith at any time in the matter and had attempted to gain permission for the test, mitigating circumstances were present in the case even if it ruled that Mercedes "did obtain some material advantage".
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Responding to the verdict in a statement several hours after the judgement was handed down, Mercedes confirmed they wouldn't be contesting the ruling.
"The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team acknowledges and accepts the Decision of the FIA International Tribunal published today," the statement read.
"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.
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"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 also welcomed the FIA's impending moves to strengthen the process regarding testing and said its focus was now on their important 'home' races at Silverstone and the Nurburgring.
"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," the team continued.
"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."