McLaren will not appeal

McLaren have decided not to appeal the punishment handed to them in light of the espionage saga. The FIA set a deadline of 5pm CET today for McLaren to appeal, however the Woking-based team have chosen not to appeal as it would not be in the best interests of Formula 1.

The McLaren team hope that their decision will help put the saga behind them and concentrate their effort on helping their drivers in the drivers championship.

“We believe the time has come to put this huge distraction behind us,” Ron Dennis explained. “McLaren wants to win races and world championships. We are fortunate to have, and continue to receive, unwavering support from our employees, sponsor partners and Formula 1 fans across the world all of whom are equally keen that we totally focus on winning this year s drivers championship and the remaining three races of the season.”

The team have also released a statement which reads, “McLaren Racing has notified the FIA of its intention not to appeal the verdict of the World Motor Sport Council, as announced on 13th September 2007. Having now had time to study the judgement of the World Motor Sport Council with its lawyers and shareholders, McLaren thinks it is in the best interests of the sport, and its goal of winning races and world championships, not to appeal.”
“It is clear from the full judgement that the World Motor Sport Council concluded that the charge that a McLaren employee had ‘unauthorised possession of documents and confidential information’ was proven. Despite the existence of no evidence that the information was applied, tested or shared with the engineering team (which it was not), this possession constitutes a breach of the Code.

“To our regret and embarrassment, the content of the previously unknown emails demonstrated possession not being limited to a single person, albeit unsanctioned in any way by the team. For this breach of Article 151c, a very heavy penalty has been imposed on the team. The major principle of the issue for McLaren is this information was not used to gain advantage on its cars.

“Moving forwards, and in consultation with our shareholders, we will now review and further strengthen our internal compliance structures and processes.”

McLaren s decision not to appeal means that it has been confirmed that Ferrari have won the 2007 constructors championship.