McLaren guilty, no penalty, says FIA
The Formula-1 governing
body, FIA, found McLaren to be guilty in the Ferrari spying
case, but no punishment will follow.
sport's highest governing body made its decision in the McLaren-Ferrari
spying case. According to FIA, McLaren was found guilty of
possession of Ferrari documents, but there are no indications
that the Mercedes team had used the papers to benefit in any
The bottom line - no penalty for any team, no
points being taken, the race goes on.
"The WMSC was satisfied that McLaren was
in possession of confidential Ferrari information and is
therefore in breach of Article 151c of the International
Sporting Code. However there is insufficient evidence to show
that this information was used to interfere improperly with the
FIA F1 championship. We therefore impose no penalty," FIA
FIA ruled that there is no evidence that
McLaren used the Ferrari documents to benefit during the season.
But FIA will monitor the British team and warned that if McLaren
was in future found to have used the information passed to Mike
Coughlan, their former chief designer, by a disaffected Ferrari
employee, it would risk being kicked out of the '07 and '08
Meanwhile, former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney
and suspended McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan are to be
called before the FIA in connection with the investigation. The
World Motor Sport Council said that Stepney and Coughlan should
show reason why they should not be banned from international
motor sport. Both men are already subject to legal proceedings
by Ferrari over the documents and Italian authorities are
investigating the matter.
Nigel Stepney, who was a Ferrari engineer,
stands accused of supplying technical information to the former
MCLaren chief engineer Mike Coughlan. The scandal broke earlier
this month, after Ferrari suspended Stepney and accused Coughlan
of being on the receiving end of the illegal spying. Coughlan
and Stepney worked together at the Benetton team in the early
1990s and later at Ferrari's old UK design studio.
Published on 07/26/2007