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Mercedes reprimanded and excluded from Young Driver Test…

The FIA’s International Tribunal has ruled that Mercedes and Pirelli both be reprimanded with the German manufacturer also being excluded from the forthcoming Young Driver Test at Silverstone.

The official notice, issued at 13.45 (local time) in Paris, reads:

Reminder of the facts

On 5 June 2013, further to protests lodged during the 2013 Monaco GP by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari Scuderia Team against cars no.9 and 10 (Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team) for having conducted with Pirelli a three day tyre testing using a 2013 car on 15, 16 and 17 May in Barcelona, the President of the FIA, acting as the FIA Prosecuting Body, sent to the President of the International Tribunal a notification of charges against Pirelli and a notification of charges against Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team.

On 5 June 2013, Pirelli and Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team have been convened by the President of the International Tribunal to appear before a judging panel of the International Tribunal.

Decision of the International Tribunal

The Tribunal, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided that:

Mercedes be reprimanded;

Mercedes be suspended from participating in the forthcoming “three day young driver training test”;

Pirelli be reprimanded.

and rejected all other and further conclusions.

The International Tribunal was presided over by Mr Edwin Glasgow QC (Great Britain), and included Mr Christy Harris (United States), Mr Patrick Raedersdorf (Switzerland) and Mr Anthony Scott Andrews (Great Britain).

The full decision can be found here (pdf)

In a subsequent press release, the FIA said:

This decision follows (i) the disciplinary proceedings instigated by the FIA, on the basis in particular of the report by the Stewards of the Monaco Grand Prix, forwarded to the FIA following the two protests made by Scuderia Ferrari Team and Red Bull Racing respectively, and (ii) the hearing that took place yesterday before the International Tribunal with the participation of all the parties concerned.