Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Dennis fears title win could be tainted

McLaren boss Ron Dennis fears that any world title success for his team at the end of the season will be tainted if it is not exonerated by the appeal court hearing into the spying saga next month.The Woking-based squad heads in to the final five races of the campaign with a healthy points lead over Ferrari in both championship races as it looks to end its eight year title drought. But Dennis believes any win could be damaged if the verdict goes against McLaren when the International Court of Appeal meets on September 13 to hear further information from Ferrari. "We are in Formula 1 to win," Dennis was quoted as saying in the British press on Tuesday."But the most important thing is not just winning, it is how we win. "I do not know what twists and turns are going to take place in the court of appeal."If we do not come out of that court of appeal with an unblemished reputation then the results of this season will be tainted. "Confidential Ferrari technical documents were found in McLaren's suspended chief designer Mike Coughlan's home, but the FIA World Motor Sport council ruled that McLaren shouldn't be punished as there wasn't enough evidence to suggest it had benefited from the data. Ferrari, through the Italian motor sport federation, appealed against the decision, with McLaren insisting there was no need for a second hearing. Dennis is now hopeful that the original decision will be upheld."I know the truth and the truth is that McLaren as a company are not involved in this matter," he said."And I just do not want to find through some process that our reputation is damaged."The rumours and spin that I have heard about this matter just leave me amazed."

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