McLaren have said the FIA s decision not to punish them over the Ferrari espionage saga was â€˜very balanced and fair . McLaren were found guilty of illegally being in possession of confidential Ferrari technical documents however there was no conclusive proof that McLaren had used the information to their advantage.
Ferrari are fuming at the decision saying it set a dangerous precedent however McLaren feel the decision is fair.
“Following an appearance by McLaren today at the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris, a unanimous decision has been taken by the FIA which in McLaren’s opinion is very balanced and fair,” a statement by the McLaren team read. “McLaren accepts the that the FIA World Motor Sport Council had no alternative other than to find that there was a purely technical breach by reason of the possession of certain information by one individual at his home, without McLaren’s knowledge or authority.
“McLaren is delighted that the World Motor Sport Council determined that this information was not used and accordingly imposed no sanction whatsoever on the team. McLaren looks forward to continuing its fight in what is the most exciting Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championship in many years.”
McLaren team boss Ron Dennis also spoke out about the affair, stating he was pleased the matter had been resolved and that his team could now fully concentrate on winning this year s titles. “There is no doubt that the past 24 days have been challenging and the tremendous support we have received from our sponsor partners and the public has been much appreciated,” Dennis began. “Moving forward, McLaren wants to re-affirm our long-standing commitment to honesty and integrity and re-state that we believe we have acted correctly throughout. Now, we have Formula One World Championships to win. As a result we intend to move on, so as to maintain the focus and commitment required to do exactly that.”
Unsurprisingly, the two McLaren drivers were also happy with the result of the meeting. Having only been part of McLaren for a few months I know how important today’s decision will be for everybody,” Alonso explained. “I am looking forward to an exciting second half of the season and to continue our battle for both World Championships.”
“Whilst it’s only my first season in Formula One with the team, I already know and appreciate the commitment and dedication of the people there,â€ Hamilton remarked. “As a result I am pleased with today’s decision and can’t wait for the rest of the season.”