Mercedes Banned From Young Driver Test

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PARIS – The Mercedes Formula One squad has been suspended from participating in this year’s young driver test.

The suspension was announced Friday following the FIA’s International Tribunal (IT) deemed that the private tire test conducted by Pirelli and Mercedes in Barcelona, Spain, last month constituted a breach of the Formula One rules.

Mercedes and Pirelli will be further reprimanded in a way that was not announced by the FIA.

“The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team acknowledges and accepts the Decision of the FIA International Tribunal published today,” the team said in a statement. “The Decision of the International Tribunal confirmed that the team acted in good faith regarding the Pirelli Tests, never intended to obtain any unfair sporting advantage and had no reason to believe that approval for the Pirelli Tests had not been given. Mercedes accepts the proportionate penalties of a reprimand and suspension from the forthcoming Young Driver Test that have been decided upon by the Tribunal.”

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