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FIA hopes 'lessons are learnt'

ESPN Staff
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The FIA has not yet said whether it intends to appeal the International Tribunal's decision © Sutton Images

The FIA says it will strengthen its control of testing and hopes that 'lessons are learnt' from the Mercedes tyre testing case.

Mercedes was found to be in breach of regulations for using its 2013 car in the test for Pirelli, but it received a relatively light punishment as the International Tribunal found the team acted in good faith and had no reason to believe approval had not been given by the FIA.

In noting the verdict delivered by the tribunal, the FIA said it would be clamping down on testing in future.

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

Having been ordered to pay a third of the costs of the investigation and procedure as well as all of its own legal costs, the FIA did not state whether or not it intends to appeal the International Tribunal's decision.