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Mercedes Banned from Upcoming Young Driver Test at Silverstone

June 21st, 2013 at 11:06 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The International Tribunal has finally ruled on the Mercedes and Pirelli controversy that stemmed from the race team and tire manufacturer holding a test in which the proper channels were not taken for the test to take place. On Friday Mercedes learned that they will not be able to take part in the three day Young Drivers Test coming up in July at Silverstone.

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While the other Formula One teams are testing the 2013 cars with the tires at Silverstone, Mercedes will have to have their reserve driver Sam Bird sit out. No information will be able to gained for Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg.

“It is inconceivable that Mercedes did not obtain a material advantage from three days of testing even if only as a result of the running of its car(s) – wholly irrespective of any matter relating to tires," is what the Tribunal said in regards to whether Mercedes gained an advantage by running the Pirelli test.

Some will see the penalty given as light but the Tribunal took into account that the FIA's Charlie Whiting “qualified approval” and encourage Mercedes to take part in the tire test.

Mercedes released a statement on Friday that they will not appeal the penalties. The FIA also released a statement that said they will work to strengthen the control of F1 testing.

Lewis Hamilton is currently fourth in the championship standings and is 55 points behind Sebastian Vettel after seven races. Nico Rosberg is sixth in the standings and is 75 points behind. Mercedes is currently third in the team standings behind Red Bull and Ferrari.

Next up on the F1 calendar is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on June 30th.

Tags: Charlie Whiting, FIA, Formula One, International Tribunal, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Motorsports, Nico Rosberg, Pirelli, Sam Bird, Silverstone Circuit

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