'Mercedes acted in good faith'- FIA
21 June 2013 – Testing with Pirelli did gave Mercedes an 'unfair advantage' but both parties 'acted in good faith', the FIA stated on Friday. The team was banned from the Young Drivers Test and got a reprimande, after the hearing in Paris.
"Neither Pirelli nor Mercedes acted in bad faith at any material time", the FIA stated. "Both Pirelli and Mercedes disclosed to FIA at least the essence of what they intended to do in relation to the test and attempted to obtain permission for it; and Mercedes had no reason to believe that approval had not been given."
"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.
The FIA also noted that Mercedes and Pirelli indeed breached articles 1 and 151 of the International Sporting Code, by testing with a 2013 car.