Renault in fresh FIA spying enquiry

Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, Montreal, 2007The Renault team is to answer charges that it illegally obtained McLaren intellectual property.

The FIA today summoned representatives to appear before the World Motor Sport Council in Monaco on December 6th.

McLaren alleged that the French team had illegal data belonging to them after McLaren was thrown out of the constructors’ championship for a similar infraction this year. In September Auto Motor und Sport reported that Phil Mackereth, formerly a McLaren engineer, had taken three discs of plans to Renault when he joined the team.

The FIA statement read:

Representatives of the Renault F1 Team have been requested to appear before a hearing of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Monaco on Thursday, December 6, 2007.

The team representatives have been called to answer a charge that between September 2006 and October 2007, in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, the Renault F1 Team had unauthorised possession of documents and confidential information belonging to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, including, but not limited to the layout and critical dimensions of the McLaren F1 car, together with details of the McLaren fuelling system, gear assembly, oil cooling system, hydraulic control system and a novel suspension component used by the 2006 and 2007 McLaren F1 cars.

Meanwhile, the FIA has begun its examination of the 2008 McLaren car.

Photo: LAT Photographic

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21 comments on Renault in fresh FIA spying enquiry

  1. SoLiD said on 9th November 2007, 15:44

    Looks to me they are in the same position.

    The FIA shouldn’t have taken McLaren’s points and such.
    Cause now, they say, hey a few ppl in a big company can put everything on its behind.
    And that is what happened at McLaren, some ppl knew about it, and maybe (yes maybe) some information was used… but it was never proven.
    So Renault now has the same issue… the data has been seen… at probably not used.. probably…
    I’m afraid it’s no good.

  2. Peter Punk said on 9th November 2007, 20:29

    To Roooster:

    I’m not a sore Mclaren fan, nor I want revenge for what has happened. I just want the right punishment for Renault. I don’t think Mclaren it’s bringing this up now to affect Alonso somehow, for the matter first came to light in september. It is believe that a least 15 engineers at Renault saw the documents, the files were stored in Renault computers. If Renault gets without punishment, some serious doubts will be cast upon FIA’s judgement.

  3. oliver said on 10th November 2007, 19:14

    Renault claim they immediately notified Mclaren and the FIA when they found out about the Mclaren documents in their possession. But was it in 2006 or 2007 they notified these parties of this knowlege? Or do they mean they immediately notified them one year later?

    Mclaren mass damper system, is built into the rear suspension articulation, unlike the Renault banned system that was sitting right in the nose cone.

    The irony here is that, Renault had these information on their computer system unlike in the case of Mclaren. The case used against Mclaren was that, these kinds of information would get into the thinking process of their engineers and designers, exactly the same calibre of individuals that had access to the information at Renault.

    Mclaren had long known about Renaults possession of these information, and were willing to let it be. But the FIA having villified them for a similar infraction, they were forced to let this info out. The FIA will not dare hand out such a harsh penalty on Renault, cause they will quit F1 immediately.

  4. Oliver I quite agree with you that it is because mclaren were used as examples – hopefully this is – fia apointed inspectors – to see if there is any(sic) – ferrari intellectual material being used in it’s design – phew!!
    I just think it has always happened in F1 – but because max’s pals complained because they were losing to rival team with an upstart newcomer that mclaren were cheating – obviously how could a new driver win so many podium places!! – talent has nothing to do with it – never ,ever – and every new revalation from whatever corner just shows how biased the fia is and who they side with – used to like ferrari – not now – yes I am just a little biased now myself – guess why?

  5. drat this keyboard – inspection of the 2008 mclaren got knocked off previous comment – sorry – probably still doesn’t make sense

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