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Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:10 am 
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F1.com wrote:
McLaren have been excluded from the 2007 constructors’ championship and fined US$100 million following Thursday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing in Paris. Drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have not been penalized and are free to continue their fight for the drivers' title.

The penalty follows McLaren’s admission that the team was in breach of the International Sporting Code through their possession of confidential technical data belonging to rivals Ferrari, who are now all but assured of the 2007 constructors’ title.

McLaren are also required to submit detailed plans of their 2008 car to the FIA, who warned that it could apply further sanctions relating to next season should any irregularities be found in the car’s design.

At July’s original hearing, the Council opted not to punish McLaren as it decided there was no proof that the Ferrari data had been used. Thursday’s second hearing followed the emergence of new evidence and the FIA’s request for McLaren’s drivers to submit any information they had that might be relevant to the case.

The FIA will explain the reasons behind the Council's decision on Friday, after which McLaren will decide whether or not to appeal.

The full statement from the FIA:

In an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council was held in Paris on the 12th of September 2007, The following decision was taken:

"The WMSC has stripped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes of all constructors' points in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championshiop an the team can score no point for the remainder of the season *.

"Furthermore, the team will pay a fine equal to 100 million dollar, less the FOM income lost as a result of the points deduction.

"However, due to the exceptional circumstances in which the FIA gave the team's drivers an immunity in return for providing evidence, there is no penalty in regards to drivers' points **.

"The WMSC will receive a full technical report on the 2008 McLaren car and will take a decision at its December 2007 meeting as to what sanction, if any, will be imposed on the team for the 2008 season."

The full reasons for this decision will be issued on the 14th September 2007.

* Points gained by other teams so far this season will not be affected.

** No McLaren representative will be allowed on the podium should a McLaren driver win any of the remaining races of the 2007 season.


Guess if your gonna get involved in suspect activities there is a price to pay.

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 11:58 am 
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According to reports on the verdict my understanding is its not quite $100M, its $US100M minus prizemoney they would have received before exclusion. Being that they were leading the Construnctors Championship and could win and place second on the 4 remaining rounds this means a potential $68Million offset against the $100M.
Still massive numbers for the offence , and leaving them $100M out of pocket.

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 1:27 pm 
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I Hate Ferrari!! They were in agreement in the amount of unofficial test days, but when they started losing, they decided to test 24/7..

Everyone has other teams designs, but Ferrari are a bunch of pussies with no respect for motorsport

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:38 pm 
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yeah I can see you point, I don't know and don't care if McLaren used the info they had in possesion, and all teams aside, at this level of motorsport WTF were they even doing with it. the guys who had it are the idiots. It was claimed the info was not used. so why keep it.

the best part was how they got sprung.

the guys wife takes the docs to a print house to get copies made and the owner recognises the docs and calls ferrari direct.

On that note, if they had no intention of using them or looking at them as claimed, why did they need 25 copies of a 900+ page document that was not useful?

Interested to know how Mclaren was essentially 1.5 evelutions behind in development at the end of last season to being no.1 this year out of the blocks?

Too much can be read into this I know. But big controversy at top level of motorsport.

Fines like that.. its a rich mans game.

 

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