Red Bull's quiet response to the sanctions handed out at the tribunal hearing into the 'testgate' saga may not show their true feelings as a report suggests the Anglo-Austrian team wanted a $100m fine imposed on Mercedes.
Last Friday Mercedes and Pirelli were given reprimands by the tribunal panel over the three-day test the two parties undertook at Spain's Circuit de Catalunya last month. Mercedes will also be forced to miss the Young Driver's Test at Silverstone.
Ferrari issued an angry response to the sanctions via it's 'Horse Whisperer' column claiming Mercedes got off "scot-free" and Red Bull's outspoken Motorsport advisor Dr Helmut Marko described the verdict as a "joke".
Marko and Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda did have a bet on the outcome of the hearing in which the "loser" would have to pay the other €50.
"Punishment is punishment," Marko told Bild. "He should put his money in an envelope."
But he did admit he could see why Lauda could argue he was the 'winner' saying: "we expected a much harder decision."
Indeed Bild newspaper is reporting that Red Bull told the hearing it believed Mercedes should be fined $100m and docked 150 constructor's points, similar to what McLaren were punished in 2007 over the 'spygate' scandal.
Mercedes however, are happy with the outcome the panel reached.
"It is a relief," admitted team director and co-owner Toto Wolff, "but we only pop champagne bottles when we win on the track."
Lauda added: "The decision of the FIA is absolutely correct, and in the spirit of motor racing."
Though the three-time champion did also admit Mercedes would have accepted a much harsher punishment.
"Without doubt we would not have appealed a harsher judgement," he told Welt am Sonntag newspaper.
"I've been in this sport for decades, and what I was concerned about the most was the harmony and mutual respect between the teams.
"In a sport where technology plays such an important role, there will always be misunderstandings and room for interpretation -- it's completely normal."
Meanwhile Pirelli is considering suing the FIA for wrongfully pressing charges and damaging its image over the scandal.
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