Following an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday, the FIA punished McLaren for their part in what has now become known as the ‘Spygate’ scandal, excluding the team from the 2007 Constructors’ Championship and fining the Woking based team $100 million USD. What follows is the full press release issued by the FIA in light of the hearing, and the decisions they made:
“The WMSC has stripped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes of all constructor points in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship and the team can score no points for the remainder of the season.*
“Furthermore, the team will pay a fine equal to $100m, less the FOM income lost as a result of the points deduction.
“However, due to the exceptional circumstances in which the FIA gave the team s drivers an immunity in return for providing evidence, there is no penalty in regard to drivers points.**
“The WMSC will receive a full technical report on the 2008 McLaren car and will take a decision at its December 2007 meeting as to what sanction, if any, will be imposed on the team for the 2008 season.â€
The full reasons for this decision will be issued on 14th September 2007.
*Points gained by other teams so far this season will not be affected.
**No McLaren representative will be allowed on the podium should a McLaren driver win in any of the remaining races of the 2007 season.