Espionage case set to drag on

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Mercedes, Magny-Cours, 2007, 3 | DaimlerChryslerThe news that the appeal hearing into the espionage case set for Thursday 13th has been replaced by a new hearing of the World Motor Sports Council is bad news for McLaren.

The FIA has claimed a new hearing has been called because new evidence has come to light. It had earlier told McLaren that it could face disqualification from the 2007 and 2008 championships if new evidence proved it had gained an advantage by receiving confidential Ferrari documents.

But the change of plans for Thursday’s hearing also means the case may not be decided until after the championship finishes.

Whatever the outcome of Thursday’s new hearing, with some much at stake it is very likely that either side would want to appeal it.

Ferrari appealed the outcome of the original hearing in July, but their appeal was not scheduled until September. The world championship finishes in October.

Could we see the championship won by one team on the track – and then given to another team in the courts?

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