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FIA promises to strengthen control of testing 21 Jun 2013

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Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, says it will strengthen its control on testing following the hearing into Mercedes’ and Pirelli’s recent private tyre test at Barcelona.

The FIA’s International Tribunal (IT) deemed that Mercedes contravened Formula One regulations by taking part in the three-day, 1000 kilometre test with their 2013 car, but that there had been no intention by the team to obtain any unfair sporting advantage.

Mercedes have been suspended from participating in this year's young driver test and, in addition, both they and Pirelli have been given reprimands and ordered to share the costs of the case with the FIA.

The FIA’s statement in full:
"The FIA duly notes the decision handed down today by the FIA International Tribunal against Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team and Pirelli Tyres.

"This decision follows (i) the disciplinary proceedings instigated by the FIA, on the basis in particular of the report by the Stewards of the Monaco Grand Prix, forwarded to the FIA following the two protests made by Scuderia Ferrari Team and Red Bull Racing respectively, and (ii) the hearing that took place yesterday before the International Tribunal with the participation of all the parties concerned.

"The FIA wishes that lessons are learnt from this case and from the decision handed down. To this end, the FIA will make sure, in association with all F1 teams, that its control of the testings is strengthened.

"It is recalled that the notification of the FIA International Tribunal's decision opens to each of the parties concerned the possibility of bringing an appeal against this decision before the FIA International Court of Appeal within 7 days."

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