Todt: ‘FIA would have punished Ferrari’

Jean Todt, Ferrari, Nurburgring, 2007Jean Todt has sensationally claimed that had it been Ferrari in the dock over spying charges yesterday, they would have been found guilty:

I wonder if they had found in the house of a Ferrari chief designer 780 secret papers, 780 classified documents of another team. There would have been cries of a scandal, an exemplary punishment would have been demanded. And it would have been granted, I have no doubt.

FIA President Max Mosley is not keen on having his decisions called into question. He may feel Todt’s criticism, which said there was “no logic” in the verdict, has brought the sport into disrepute.

Jacuqes Villeneuve was reprimanded by the World Motor Sports Council for criticising the FIA’s plans for narrower cars in 1997.

Here’s more of what Todt had to say:

There is not even a sign of logic in this verdict. Either they are guilty or they aren’t. McLaren were found responsible of having violated the regulations of F1, of having behaved in a fraudulent manner, but they haven’t been punished.

That’s not all: McLaren during the hearing admitted to have received secret material, and that the knowledge of this operation of espionage arrived at the top level, even to Ron Dennis, and there hasn’t been any penalization. It’s shameful.

One thing is certain: we at Ferrari can calmly look at ourselves in the mirror. I think others, since yesterday, can’t do the same thing.

From this verdict a strange situation comes up: it’s like having played poker against a rival who knows your cards. The advantage is evident, it’s huge, even. Well, it was pretended nothing happened.

I’ve been in this world for about 40 years, I’ve seen all kinds of stuff so I don’t get surprised by anything, but this state is really at the limit.

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18 comments on Todt: ‘FIA would have punished Ferrari’

  1. Knut said on 30th July 2007, 11:40

    But I wonder, if this hadn’t been mcLaren, boy wonder Hamilton’s team, would they have ruled differently?

    Say if Honda had been in contact with this information, would FIA have given them a 2 race ban, point deduction or disqualification?

    Seems the “nays” we heard of in the news where more focused on not giving Hamilton and Alonso a point deduction.. I do understand it from a PR perspective.. but I was quite astonished they spoke in public before the ruling.

  2. Journeyer said on 30th July 2007, 11:49

    Knut, would they have ruled differently? The cynic in me says yes, they would’ve.

  3. I still can’t understand why the FIA confirm McLaren had the thing yet that doesn’t warrant any punishment – as Journeyer says even a fine would have been sufficient surely!

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