Ferrari and McLaren secrets leaked in FIA document

2007 F1 season

WMSC GraphicHighly sensitive Ferrari and McLaren information has been leaked onto the internet in an apparent blunder by the FIA.

The transcripts from the World Motor Sports Council hearings into the espionage affair in July and September were published yesterday.

They were supposed to censor sensitive information relevant to the teams involved but due to a blunder in the production of the documents that has not happened. Areas of text that are blacked out in the documents can be revealed by simply copying and pasting the text into a new document.


WMSC Before


WMSC After

They revealed Mike Coughlan’s salary at McLaren (?é?ú300-400K), Ferrari’s work on optimising weight distribution on the 2007 specification Bridgestone tyres, McLaren’s work on the same, Ferrari’s work on a rear braking system and more.

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36 comments on Ferrari and McLaren secrets leaked in FIA document

  1. verasaki said on 20th September 2007, 14:43

    Oh,no Ollie, I think we’re all laughing. This is the best pay off for the last couple of months that any of us could ever have imagined. I hear there’s a job opening over at the FIA. Any takers?

  2. Yet it does distract us from actual study of the document. Max may be much cleverer than you think.

  3. Ah, so that’s why I couldn’t get hold of a copy when I went to the site at 12:40pm yesterday! The hyperlink had gone, and I commented about it in my blog, along with the re-appearance of the hyperlinks at or before 2pm. This is intriguing, but I think it would be unfair on the teams involved for me to go looking for the uncensored version. Simply because an industrial secret is released by accident does not mean it is legitimate for everyone to go and read it regardless.

  4. this is hillarious :-) and the link still points to the black censored pdf file, copy and paste still works :-)

  5. So, the FIA seeking revenge on McLaren and Ferrari for the whole business?

  6. Vertigo said on 20th September 2007, 18:53

    These people run F1!!!!!
    What do they think they are doing!!!!!

    Funny though

  7. Well what trick does the FIA have up their sleeve next? Does anyone have an electronic copy of this “blanked out” document they could email to me? (

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 20th September 2007, 21:02

    It’s in the ‘related links’ at the bottom of the article.

  9. …and just when we thought the FIA couldn’t prove (once again)that they can’t run this sport properly.


  10. Eric M. said on 21st September 2007, 3:48

    I love that title; “Extraordinary Meeting of the World Motorsport Council”. Whoever came up with that should write comic books!

  11. Richard Jones said on 21st September 2007, 11:47

    You don’t even need to export the text out of Acrobat. I managed to cut the black boxes off the text, and then saved the PDFs. You’d have thought that they’d have had the gumption to password-protect the PDF to prevent any changes being made, such as this, but no, they didn’t. If the website owner of F1Afanatic wants the PDFs off me, he can get my e-mail address from my post on here.

  12. boring boring boring. sack alonso he threw his dummy out the pram and now mummy has no money left for sweeties.

  13. Eric M, the “Extraordinary Meeting of the World Motorsport Council” is simply the name given to any WMSC meeting not planned several months in advance. If the FIA had known three or four months ago that McLaren would be getting scolded at such a meeting, we would have had the masterpiece of understatement “General Meeting of the World Motorsport Council”.

  14. Mad Max should be running for President of the USA, or the EU, how about Prime Minister? He already comes with a Cabinet of Incompetents and is obviously open to any offer of “consideration” when in comes from well heeled “suits”. He’s a perfect candidate for any of the above positions.

  15. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 23rd September 2007, 22:13

    Well actually you’ve hit on a very interesting and perhaps tragic element of Max Mosley’s life there.

    He is the son of Oswald Mosley, leader of the pro-Nazi British Fascist party of the 1930s, and that simple fact would surely place insurmountable objects in his path should he choose to embark on a career in professional politics.

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