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Mercedes 'gained advantage' from Pirelli test

“Notwithstanding the above findings…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.

"In the light of the data which Pirelli did in fact pass to Mercedes by way of the confidential email referred to under paragraph 37.8 above [relating to trackside engineering reports], it is plain beyond sensible argument that Pirelli had intended confidentially to pass some data to Mercedes, which Pirelli expressly regarded as being of high importance even if, as we accept, it was in fact of limited value to Mercedes because it was unaware of the tyre(s) to which the report related. (vii)

"Both Mercedes and Pirelli, accordingly, did act in breach of articles 1 and 151 ISC."

The Tribunal also ruled that Mercedes, Pirelli and the FIA should all pay a third of the costs of the investigation and procedure, while the FIA was responsible for its own legal costs.

The full ruling can be read by clicking HERE.



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elijah

June 21, 2013 2:58 PM

Ross Brawn has now shown himself to be perhaps the most powerful man down there in the paddock. Everyone who faces him get swept aside. And now this FIA tribunal is his latest scalp. He does whatever he chooses ,even when he goes against rules to gain an advantage he gets away with it scot-free. Correction, he tells the FIA what he wants them to give out as a sanction, and they obliged to the letter. Bl***y Ridiculous!



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