McLaren punished hard by WMSC

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Yesterday, the extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council was held in Paris. The council had to decide on the espionage matter between Ferrari and McLaren that has been going on for some months now.

An extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council was held in Paris on 13 September, 2007. The following decision was taken:

“The WMSC has stripped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes of all constructor points in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship and the team can score no points for the remainder of the season.*

“Furthermore, the team will pay a fine equal to $100m, less the FOM income lost as a result of the points deduction.

“However, due to the exceptional circumstances in which the FIA gave the team’s drivers an immunity in return for providing evidence, there is no penalty in regard to drivers’ points.**

“The WMSC will receive a full technical report on the 2008 McLaren car and will take a decision at its December 2007 meeting as to what sanction, if any, will be imposed on the team for the 2008 season.”

*Points gained by other teams so far this season will not be affected. **No McLaren representative will be allowed on the podium should a McLaren driver win in any of the remaining races of the 2007 season.

Source FIA