Bernie Ecclestone denies “McLaren point penalty” rumors 

Written by David on November 30th, 2007 at 10:22 amLast Update: November 30th, 2007 at 10:22 am

Bernie Ecclestone against Magny-CoursBernie Ecclestone denied saying that McLaren could start 2008 season with a points penalty as a consequence of this year’s spy story with Ferrari. “I certainly didn’t say that they were going to lose their points,” the Briton told Reuters on Thursday after German magazine Auto Motor und Sport published an interview on Wednesday.

“I can’t say it and FIA president Max Mosley can’t say it. “What Max said after the last World Council Meeting when the thing happened was that if the FIA found anything on McLaren’s 2008 car, they could be penalized. ut they have got to have found something in there for a start and then the World Council has got to agree to it. So no-one, including Max Mosley, can say anything about that whole thing,” said Ecclestone.

Ecclestone’s comments to the magazine were interpreted as suggesting the Mercedes powered team could suffer a further points penalty if their 2008 car was deemed to have been influenced by Ferrari data. McLaren were fined $100 million and stripped of all their constructors’ points this year after a dossier of Ferrari technical information was found in the possession of chief designer Mike Coughlan.

The FIA said in September that they would receive a full technical report on the 2008 McLaren and would decide in December whether to impose any further sanction. Mosley, in an interview with the BBC, said at the time that any such punishment was likely to be in the form of a “negative point allocation”. McLaren have always denied incorporating any Ferrari information on their 2007 car and say they have nothing to fear from any further inspections.

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