Mercedes and tyre manufacturer Pirelli were each let off with reprimands when the FIA-appointed tribunal, which sat for more than six hours in Paris on Thursday, returned its verdict where they found the team to be in breach of Formula One's sporting regulations for their part in last month's controversial tyre test in Barcelona
The tribunal also banned Mercedes from competing in next month's young driver test session at Silverstone for breaking the FIA's ban on in-season testing by using their current car and regular drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg across three days of running at the Circuit de Catalunya between May 15 and 17.
The team was furthermore found to have gained "some material advantage" as a result of conducting the test in their 2013 car.
Given the range of sanctions they faced - which included expulsion from the world championship - Mercedes are seen to have got off lightly, and predictably waived their right to appeal.
Today's announcement has not gone down well with Ferrari, who along with Red Bull lodged the initial protest over the Mercedes-Pirelli test with the stewards of the Monaco Grand Prix, setting in train the events that led to yesterday's hearing in Paris.
In an article entitled 'Crime and Punishment (but make it a light one)' published on Ferrari's official website this evening, the Scuderia used their irreverent 'Horse Whisperer' column to take aim at the tribunal's decision.
"Officially, Ferrari has never been in the habit of commenting on verdicts," the article began. "However, as you all know, the Horse Whisperer is a free spirit who sums up the mood of millions of fans, especially when certain incidents get him worked up.
"Have you ever faced accusations in a tribunal? It's never happened to the Whisperer thank goodness, but it can't be pleasant. But 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.
"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.
"All this reminds the Whisperer that if he ever finds himself running a Formula One team in the near future and that he gets off to a difficult start to the season, then all it needs is to organise a nice week of testing at the right moment and then maybe have to skip a later session, by which time, everything could be done and dusted. What do you reckon?"
Ferrari have in the past undertaken tyre tests alongside Pirelli, the most recent just earlier this year, but did so in a two-year-old car and with a test driver at the wheel.
"Oh, and to those who jabber on about transparency and credibility, the Whisperer would remind them that the rules are very clear: 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," the column concluded.
Fellow complainants Red Bull were a little more low-key in their response to today's decision, but at least elected to do their talking through an official channel.
Team principal Christian Horner, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the test and was present at yesterday's hearing, said: "The tribunal had all the facts presented to them in a fair manner yesterday and made their decision.
"We raised the protest as we wanted clarity on whether you are allowed to test in-season with a current car, as we believe this was a breach of the regulations."
In quotes reported by Autosport, Horner did however suggest that missing the young-driver test was no way to level off any advantage Mercedes gained from their three days of running in Barcelona.
"It is always preferential to test with race drivers rather than test drivers," he said.
"However, the penalty is not for us to decide. It was for the tribunal to decide and they have made their decision."