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Mercedes unhappy with young driver test ban

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Mercedes boss Ross Brawn feels his team's development programme for the rest of the season will be dealt a huge blow by having to miss Formula 1's young driver test.

The ban was handed to Mercedes for using a 2013 car in a Pirelli tyre test. Although rival teams have claimed the punishment is too lenient.

"We've been looking at the consequences of us missing the young driver test, because we had a pretty comprehensive technical programme planned," Brawn said in an exclusive interview with AUTOSPORT.

"We are now looking internally at how to recover the loss of the programme, and I am not sure we will. Some of the things we wanted to do are just not feasible over a race weekend, so there will be a tangible loss to the team in not doing the young driver test.

"It is unfortunate the spin that some teams are putting on it that the punishment is not significant."

Brawn clearly feels the punishment is severe enough and that it is wholly incorrect of rival teams to suggest his outfit got away with just a slap on the wrist.

Teams last year like Lotus benefited greatly from the young driver test and got to try out concepts like the passive DRS.

While McLaren also made no secret that the 2012 Abu Dhabi test was being used to help improve the car.

Brawn will feel at a great loss and quite hard done-by as his team acted in good faith.

"This is a meaningful penalty and you have to look at what the tribunal established," he added. "We acted in good faith and didn't intend to gain sporting advantage. What evolved wasn't a malicious act."

 

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