Friday, July 27, 2007

Ferrari disbelief at the FIA's Decision

Ferrari has expressed disbelief at the FIA's decision to not punish McLaren over possession of the Italian giants' intellectual property. Although the sport's governing body found McLaren guilty of possessing the technical data, it chose to leave the Woking-based squad unpunished on the assumption that the information has not been used to "interfere improperly" with the championship.

Ferrari believes that the conclusion to not impose a sanction is not consistent with the council's reasoning and that suspended chief designer Mike Coughlan's actions should be made an example of.

A statement from Maranello read: "Ferrari notes that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been found guilty by the FIA World Council. It therefore finds it incomprehensible that violating the fundamental principle of sporting honesty does not have, as a logical and inevitable consequence, the application of a sanction. Today's decision legitimises dishonest behaviour in Formula One and sets a very serious precedent.

"In fact, the decision of the World Council signifies that possession, knowledge at the very highest level and use of highly confidential information acquired in an illicit manner and the acquiring of confidential information over the course of several months, represent violations that do not carry any punishment.

"The fact that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes was in possession of such information was discovered totally by accident and, but for this, the team would continue to have it. This is all the more serious as it has occurred in a sport like Formula One in which small details make all the difference. "Ferrari feels this is highly prejudicial to the credibility of the sport. It will continue with the legal action already under way within the Italian criminal justice system and in the civil court in England."

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