McLaren reactions to FIA decision 

Written by David on July 27th, 2007 at 1:48 amLast Update: December 09th, 2007 at 12:44 pm

The McLaren-Mercedes team have said the FIA decision to not punish them was “very balanced and fair”. The FIA Motor Sport Council found McLaren guilty of being in possession of unauthorised documents belonging to rivals Ferrari, but without proof that the data was used, the sport’s governing body decided there was no reason to penalize the British team.

The decision angered Ferrari, who said it was setting a dangerous predecent, but McLaren found it 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,” said the team in a statement. “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 was happy to leave the matter behind, and he has vowed to focus 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,” said Dennis. “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.”

The news was also welcome by McLaren’s drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton. “Having only been part of McLaren for a few months I know how important today’s decision will be for everybody,” said Alonso. “I am looking forward to an exciting second half of the season and to continue our battle for both World Championships.” Hamilton added: “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. As a result I am pleased with today’s decision and can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

Source: autosport

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