Renault escape penalty over McLaren data 06 Dec 2007
The FIAs World Motor Sport Council has imposed no penalty on Renault after finding the team in breach of the International Sporting Code for possessing confidential technical information belonging to McLaren.
Prior to Thursdays hearing in Monaco, Renault had already admitted that data had entered their factory via a former McLaren engineer, who joined the team in September 2006. Renault insisted, however, that no use had been made of the information.
Welcoming the news, Renault team principal Flavio Briatore commented: "I would like to thank Renault, our title sponsor ING and all our partners for their wholehearted support during this sensitive period. I also wish to pay tribute to the team, which has handled the matter with integrity and dignity. We are pleased that we can now focus fully on our preparations for the 2008 championship."
Detailed reasons for the decision will be issued by the FIA on Friday and a transcript of Thursdays proceedings will be published as soon as possible thereafter.