“McLaren apologises over spy findings” [link]
I have the feeling that the only reason why McLaren is doing this is because they know that they can never win this battle and that it would have dragged on and on. The whole investigation has always been â€œproving that you are innocentâ€ instead of the FIA proving that McLaren is guilty. Something they never could have done so anyway. What do you think the outcome of the WMSC meeting would have been? Any mention in the report of a similar development in the McLaren and Ferrari car would have been explained as McLaren copying Ferrari.
First they decide that the MP4-23 has to be checked on “illegal” Ferrari knowledge/parts. Now they decide that the results have to be shared with the competition and in a sense give them full inside on the construction and basics of the McLaren car.
When will this charade end?
Bernie Ecclestone warns FIA over title reversal
If a formula 1 car uses a front wing which does not comply with the regulations then the results are scrapped. If a car uses full which does not comply with the regulations then nothing should happen?
I have read the transcript of the World Motor Sport Council about the spy case between Ferrari and McLaren (link to the document). It is a very interesting document because it give you an insight in the way the Formula 1 business is run which you normally do not see.
The statement gives you a nice insight on how all teams look at each other what everybody is doing, how they can copy successful designs and learn why some teams are more successful than others. It also gives you an insight view on the engineering side of the business and how that process is being run and how close that engineering community is.
As far as the spy issue. Judging from the evidence presented in the hearing I can only conclude that there is no factual evidence that McLaren has used data and / or designs from Ferrari in the design of their car.
What is disturbing in the ruling is that the McLaren 2008 car has to be checked for Ferrari design components but that the council has no indicated when this is going to be done en when. So in theory McLaren could be refused to participate in the 2008 competition one day before the start of the first race.
As I wrote in an earlier blog entry, I find this an internal HR problem of Ferrari which they have mishandled and which completely went out of control. Ferrari accusing McLaren of spying is completely misplaced.
The World Motor Sport Council has convicted McLaren for spying and using information of other teams (Ferrari). The punishment is $100.000.000 and reduction of all points gained during the year 2007 (construction championship).
I don’t believe this anymore. The fun I had watching Formula 1 is completely gone.
There is a team which has a HR problem namely they have a problem treating their staff correct. That problem is so big that the staff decided to leak information to the competition. And now the competion is being punished for that mismanagement even as they have not used that infornation.
Mr J. Todt please step down and go and produce wine or vinegar in your case.