Ferrari


Well the FIA have published their report on yesterday’s meeting and it makes interesting reading.

I can almost understand now why the driver’s points were unaffected, as the decision doesn’t seem to be based on the fact that the cars themselves are illegal as they stand now - rather the charges are that McLaren were in receipt of confidential information and that knowledge of the information was much more widespread than initially thought.

After winning a tenner on the Lottery last night, and also correctly predicting that Scotland would beat France 1-0 in the Euro 2008 Qualifiers (but unfortunately not having enough conviction to put any money on that particular prediction), I’ve a feeling that I’ve become the new Mystic Meg.

Therefore, I feel it only right to turn my newfound powers to the matters in hand at FIA headquarters in Paris.

But to be honest, no matter how many times I’ve thought about it I can’t come up with an outcome that I’m even remotely certain about.

It’s quite easy when one or two things go against you to feel like the whole world is conspiring against you, and I’m sure that’s what it must feel like to Ron Dennis and his McLaren team.

Formula 1 can be a complicated sport to follow - possibly why it’s never done too well with an American audience who tend to like their sports relatively straightforward and simple.  But even the most ardent F1 fan will be scratching their heads at what has been going on this season between McLaren, Ferrari and the FIA.

The only interesting thing to happen over the course of the weekend of the Hungarian Grand Prix was the Alonso/Hamilton/McLaren spat which blew up in qualifying.

Quite who was at fault in that is a matter of great debate, but the result was a penalty of 5 places on the grid for Alonso and a deduction of any Constructors Championship points that McLaren scored in the race.

The fairness of the penalties is as much a source of debate as the penalties themselves, but the upshot was that the penalty handed to Alonso was immediate and therefore he was unable to appeal against it which somehow doesn’t seem very fair.  McLaren’s points could be easily added back on at a later date if any appeal they lodged were successful.

Most of the world will know the basic background to this story - a McLaren employee was found with a whole batch of documents which should really have been in the hands of Ferrari team members only, thus sparking a huge uproar from Ferrari that McLaren were guilty of using these secret documents to better their 2007 car.

The FIA however have decided that the current evidence suggests that although McLaren did have this information in their possession, they have not used it to gain an advantage and therefore they are not to be punished.  At the moment at least - if further evidence comes to light then they could face the ultimate penalty of being excluded from not only this year’s Championship but also the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship as well.

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