F1 » Mercedes and Pirelli get reprimands for 'secret' tyre test

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From what I've read, their lawyers were able to successfully argue that the FIAs total rule set was vague and in places contradictory on the issue, and that their staff (e.g. Charlie Whiting) only added to that inclarity. I was expecting them to get a bigger punishment, but looking at it purely in terms of gains and losses, this should fairly well redress that balance: Mercedes has a restricted test (not all information available to them, trying to keep it on the down-low etc) but with their proper drivers, whereas everybody else will have an unrestricted test with young drivers. Seems like much of a muchness to me.

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