Mercedes accepts FIA decision and will not appeal

2013 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, 2013Mercedes say they will not appeal against the International Tribunal’s verdict on the test it conducted in May.

The FIA panel has banned Mercedes from participating in the Young Drivers’ Test and reprimanded it along with tyre supplier Pirelli.

Mercedes said in a statement: 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 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.”

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12 comments on Mercedes accepts FIA decision and will not appeal

  1. tmax (@tmax) said on 21st June 2013, 14:57

    appointed tyre supplier

    Is it not Pirelli….. ????

    Going by the Statement it looked like a forgone conclusion. I guess it was just matter of Public Drama to keep us fans happy , active and on the toes.

  2. tmax (@tmax) said on 21st June 2013, 14:59

    Good Job Ross Brawn….

  3. celeste (@celeste) said on 21st June 2013, 15:34

    Goodness Mercedes is nor gonna appeal, for a momento I was sooooooo worried this was going to go further… this must be the more cynical press reléase ever…

  4. DaveW (@dmw) said on 21st June 2013, 15:51

    What would they appeal? Appealing a fine or loss of disbursements is a different matter from the “specific-performance” issue of getting them into the test. The FIA was smart in its decision, which basically mooted a legal appeal, and made an FIA appeal mostly pointless.

  5. Poor young drivers. Christmas is ruined.

  6. No more news till the Britih warm up then

  7. MarkG said on 21st June 2013, 17:52

    If you appeal an FIA decision and lose (again) the fines and penalties are always worse than the initial ones.

  8. Sarah loughran (@f1fansarah) said on 22nd June 2013, 10:34

    Of course they would not appeal! They have already reaped the benefit, as said they could be fined worse after an appeal. The only ones to be punished are the young drivers. – not their fault.
    This in no way makes up for Merc drivers getting extra running.

  9. Elliot A said on 22nd June 2013, 14:20

    You generally don’t appeal when you get given a punishment which you suggested.

  10. Paul2013 said on 22nd June 2013, 15:28

    Mercedes is not going to appeal! Ha ha! the FIA should start filming a sitcom.

    I would would suggest a title… “Friends”

  11. Paul2013 said on 22nd June 2013, 15:34

    The ones that should appeal that joke/decision are the young drivers, despite they did not anything wrong they have been punished!

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