Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says its not just his team that has lessons to learn from last week’s Tribunal hearing.
The FIA panel reprimanded Mercedes and Pirelli for conducting a test ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix in violation of the testing rules. Mercedes were also banned from participating in this year’s Young Drivers Test.
Brawn said the case shows F1 needs a procedure for how teams go about clarifying queries about the Sporting Regulations.
“I think there’s a lesson learned for all of us that obviously what in the end became the issue was a judgement of the interpretation of the regulation, the law of the regulation,” Brawn told Sky.
“Both ourselves and Charlie [Whiting] with the FIA and the FIA’s head of legal department had a view on that regulation which didn’t prove to be correct, at least in the eyes of the Tribunal. We’ve got to look at that procedure to make sure that ourselves, Pirelli or whoever’s involved doesn’t get caught out by that in the future.”
Brawn praised the work of the Tribunal, saying it had proven itself to be professional and impartial:
“I think Formula One in particular, and anyone who’s involved in this sort of thing, can look at the Tribunal and say that it is independent and it will seek the facts and give an independent conclusion as to what happened. If that involves some criticism of the FIA as well as other parties then that’s what will happen.”