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Renault escape penalty over McLaren data 06 Dec 2007

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault R27 Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 14 November 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton (L to R): Flavio Briatore (ITA) Renault F1 Managing Director with Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 19 October 2007

The FIA’s 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 Thursday’s 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 Thursday’s proceedings will be published as soon as possible thereafter.