McLaren will not appeal spying punishment

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McLaren confirmed today that it will not appeal against its expulsion from the 2007 constructors’ championship and $100m fine it was slapped with in the espionage hearing last week. The team’s statement read: “McLaren thinks it is in the best interests of the sport, and its goal of winning races and world championships, not to … Continue reading McLaren will not appeal spying punishment

Debate: Should McLaren appeal against spying verdict?

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After 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 … Continue reading Debate: Should McLaren appeal against spying verdict?

Alonso under attack over leak threat

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Fernando Alonso has emerged as the villain in the McLaren-Ferrari espionage story as it is being reported by this morning’s papers. Most of today’s reports centre on Alonso’s threat to Ron Dennis that he would expose what he knew about the espionage scandal to the FIA if Dennis did not agree to give him undisputed … Continue reading Alonso under attack over leak threat

The questions that remain over the espionage scandal (1/2)

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The extraordinary news of yesterday’s decision and the shocking details published by the FIA today have shed new light on the complicated espionage scandal. Although we now know far more than before, many questions remain – some of which we may not see an answer to for a long time, especially if McLaren declines its … Continue reading The questions that remain over the espionage scandal (1/2)

Ron Dennis revealed evidence against McLaren to FIA

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In another twist in the espionage scandal it has emerged that Ron Dennis informed the FIA about some of the evidence used against his team in yesterday’s hearing. In a statement today Dennis said: “Once I became aware that new evidence might exist, which I did on the morning of the Hungarian Grand Prix, I … Continue reading Ron Dennis revealed evidence against McLaren to FIA

Video: Alonso blocks Hamilton in pits during qualifying

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Fernando Alonso resorted to desperate tactics to prevent team mate Lewis Hamilton from taking pole position at the Hungaroring. If the relationship between the McLaren drivers was strained before it looks like degenerating into a bitterly fought battle now. It remains to be seen whether any disciplinary action might be taken. If Alonso is deemed … Continue reading Video: Alonso blocks Hamilton in pits during qualifying

Briatore: ‘Throw McLaren out’ (updated)

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Renault boss Flavio Briatore was waded into the spying row, alleging that McLaren had access to confidential Ferrari information much earlier than April this year. He demanded McLaren’s exclusion from the championship and also stated his objection to the introduction of engine control systems developed by Microsoft McLaren Electronic Systems for every team next year. … Continue reading Briatore: ‘Throw McLaren out’ (updated)

Debate: Has F1 been brought into disrepute?

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Since McLaren escaped last week’s World Motor Sports Council hearing without punishment last week, the war of words between Ferrari and McLaren has escalated profoundly. First Jean Todt attacked, saying that Ferrari would have been punished had they been in the same position, adding there was, “not even a sign of logic in this verdict.” … Continue reading Debate: Has F1 been brought into disrepute?

Furious Dennis accuses Ferrari of cheating

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McLaren boss Ron Dennis has hit back at Ferrari in the escalating row over spying in Formula 1. In a letter to Luigi Macaluso, who successfully petitioned the FIA for an appeal against McLaren’s exoneration last week, Dennis accused Ferrari of: Winning the Australian Grand Prix with an illegal car Leaking portions of their memorandum … Continue reading Furious Dennis accuses Ferrari of cheating