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Report on McLaren’s 2008 car submitted to the WMSC 07 Dec 2007

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 6 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, Wednesday, 5 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) revealed on Friday that the FIA’s technical department has concluded its investigation of McLaren’s preparatory work for its 2008 car and has submitted a detailed report.

McLaren were stripped of their 2007 constructors’ points and fined $100 million after being found guilty of benefiting from possession of the Ferrari data.

Although no proof of its use was found in the design of the team’s 2007 car, the WMSC ordered that an investigation should be carried out to determine whether the British team’s challenger for next season incorporates any of Ferrari’s confidential information.

The WMSC also announced that because ‘McLaren, Ferrari and the other competitors in the FIA Formula One World Championship should be allowed the opportunity to make considered representations on the report’, it plans to hold an extraordinary general meeting of the WMSC in Paris on February 14, 2008.

McLaren will therefore have to wait until next year to find out if their 2008 challenger will be approved by the FIA.

Responding to the news, the British team issued the following statement: "McLaren acknowledges the World Motor Sport Council's announcement to defer its decision regarding the team's 2008 car to an extraordinary general meeting to be held on Thursday 14th February 2008 in Paris.

"From the very beginning McLaren has provided the FIA with full access and complete co-operation, and remains confident no confidential information has been incorporated within the team's 2007 and 2008 cars."