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Ross Brawn feels "reasonably comfortable" with Mercedes' recent Pirelli test despite learning that both Red Bull and Ferrari have lodged protests.
Earlier this weeked in Monaco, it emergedy that Mercedes had held a 'secret' test with Pirelli, testing the Italian companies tyres in the wake of the Spanish GP.
The team took place at the Circuit de Catalunya during which Mercedes covered 1000km.
However, as in-season testing is banned from Formula One, two rival outfits, Ferrari and Red Bull, have lodged protests.
"Protests have been lodged by Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari concerning an alleged breach of Article 22.4 h) of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations," said an FIA statement.
"Both teams alleged the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team have conducted three days of track testing using a 2013 car on the 15th, 16th, 17th of May in Barcelona, i.e. between the period that the precedes the start of the first Event of the championship and 31 December of the same year."
As such all the teams involved attended a stewards hearing in the wake of Nico Rosberg's Monaco Grand Prix victory.
It remains to be seen, though, whether the verdict could have an impact on Sunday's race result or whether it will be forwarded to the World Motor Sport Council to rule on.
"We obviously explained to them the circumstances behind what happened; I'm reasonably comfortable with what we did," Brawn told Sky Sports F1.
"We did it at the request of Pirelli. There was a serious issue with the tyres which we've all experienced and that needed fixing as soon as possible.
"We've explained to the stewards what was done and it's now up to them. We're comfortable with the position we're in.
"One point I want to allay is this concept of a 'secret' test. There's never a secret in Formula 1.
"The test was starting when lots of teams were still in Barcelona packing up, so if we'd wanted a secret test we'd have gone off somewhere where no-one could find us.
"It's a bit of innuendo that's unfortunate."
The Mercedes team boss added that not only had the FIA approved the team but that his team was kept in the dark about what exactly they were testing for Pirelli.
"We ran that past the FIA to make sure they were happy with it - they were - and we conducted a test after the race in Barcelona.
"When you do a Pirelli tyre test you get codes, you don't know what the tyres are and each day there was a batch of tyres tested. We still don't know what the conclusions from that are."