Ferrari critical of lenient Tribunal

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Ferrari have ousted a very critical voice with regards to the Tribunal decision earlier today which found Mercedes guilty but handed only a very mild penalty to the team.

An article on the official Ferrari website reads: "Today we learned, that even if one is guilty and in this case that is an indisputable and verified fact, there is always a way of muddling through as best one can. One only has to suggest to the judge what the penalty should be and even better, why not make it something light like a rap across the knuckles.

"It is somewhat perplexing to say the least to see that the guilty party can get away virtually scot free for having derived “an unfair sporting advantage.” Don’t tell me that testing for three days on your own at the Catalunya circuit is the same as doing so with nine other teams at Silverstone with a host of young hopefuls at the wheel, in an area where the weather can still be changeable even in the height of summer. And what if this whole incident had taken place after the young drier test, what would have been the penalty then? Would they have been forbidden from holding an end of year dinner?"

In a somewhat sarcastic way, Ferrari's 'horse whisperer' claims that if he would ever lead a team himself that has a difficult start of the season, all he needs to do is organise a private test at the right moment and then maybe skip a later test.

Ferrari concludes that the rules are clear for everyone: "you cannot test with a car from the current year. With those that are at least two years old, you can run when you like, where you like, with any driver you like, dressed how you like, inviting who you like."