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

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This was just a case of damage limitation by the FIA. Clearly they did sanction this test in some tangible shape or form and the only way that they could walk away from this tribunal without having to outright admit as much was to provide a penalty that Pirelli and Mercedes would be prepared to accept so that their own liability in the matter could be swept under the carpet. The FIA was forced to take some form of action by the other teams. Why else would they have to pay their own legal fees and part of Pirelli & Mercedes if they had no accountability in this shambles?

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