Mercedes are set to be given the tyre data supplied by Pirelli at this week's Young Driver Test despite being banned from participating, according to ESPN.

As a punishment for its illegal use of a 2013 car during a Pirelli test after the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, it was understood that Mercedes would not be allowed to run at Silverstone during the three-day test.

However, despite their absence they will be informed of the data collected on the tyres by Pirelli.

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery insisted that his company will continue to share all tyre test data with each team and will not leave Mercedes in the dark over the matter.

"The teams will have a very clear tyre test programme," said Hembery to reporters. "They have to run what we are telling them to run.

"Mercedes do have a lot of data from the tyre from last year in terms of the way it will affect aero and set-up.

"I think they would have benefited from being able to run.

"However, we give all the teams the same feedback [after the test]. We look at the same data, so they have all the same information."

Mercedes will hope their experience of back-to-back tests with the 2012 and 2013 rubber at last year's Brazilian Grand Prix will help to minimise any disadvantage the team may face.

They should find themselves lucky that they have been allowed to see the data, but they will definitely be losing out by not getting to test the tyres themselves at Silverstone.

 

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