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Mercedes accepts FIA punishment

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Mercedes will not be allowed to take part in the Young Driver Test at Silverstone © Getty Images
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Mercedes says it "acknowledges and accepts" its punishment from the FIA International Tribunal for breaching regulations.

The team has been reprimanded and banned from the Young Driver Test at Silverstone next month for a breach of regulations relating to its tyre test with Pirelli. While Pirelli has also been reprimanded, the tribunal found that both had acted in good faith in conducting the test and Mercedes said it is satisfied with the outcome.

"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," a team statement read. "Mercedes accepts the proportionate penalties of a reprimand and suspension from the forthcoming Young Driver Test that have been decided upon by the Tribunal.

"Mercedes would like to once again restate its firm belief in proper due process and commend the FIA for the principle of an independent disciplinary body.

"The team would furthermore like to thank the International Tribunal and its President for the fair hearing it received yesterday."

Having confirmed it would not be appealing the decision, Mercedes said it hoped one result of the tribunal would be a defined procedure to allow Pirelli to test in future.

"Mercedes looks forward to working with the FIA and its fellow competitors to establish a more rigorous procedure for testing in the future, particularly to support the appointed tyre supplier."

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