Debate: Should McLaren appeal against spying verdict?

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Spa-Francorchamps, 2007 | Daimler ChryslerAfter being hit with a record fine plus expulsion from the 2007 constructors’ championship, should McLaren lodge an appeal?

It’s the only chance Ron Dennis has of clearing his name and the team’s.

But it carries enormous risks with it – further unsavoury details of the espionage could come to light and the penalties imposed on McLaren could be increased.

Why McLaren should appeal

It’s the only way the team can clear their name.

It’s the only way the team can overturn the severe penalties imposed upon them.

The team has alleged that the practices it was involved in were not uncommon and has claimed that a former McLaren employee had taken their intellectual property to Renault.

Why McLaren should not appeal

It runs the risk of having the penalty increased, to potentially include disqualification of the drivers – which Max Mosley feels should have happened anyway.

The FIA found against them on seven counts, presenting an enormous obstacle to overturning the verdict.

Further negative stories about McLaren may come to light.

Dennis has already said he craves ‘closure’ following the verdict – another appeal would postpone the resolution of the dispute even further.

It would be a further distraction from the team’s focus on the 2007 championship battle and preparations for 2008.

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