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Ferrari deny Dennis's Australia allegations 03 Aug 2007

Ferrari celebrate a win for Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari (Left)  with Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari (Right).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Race, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, 18 March 2007

Ferrari have hit back at McLaren in the latest round of the war of words between the two teams. It follows claims by McLaren boss Ron Dennis that Ferrari won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix using an illegal car.

According to Dennis, Ferrari ran an illegal floor device in Melbourne, which was then removed after McLaren asked the FIA to clarify the use of such items. However, on Friday Ferrari described the allegations as “serious and false,” insisting that their cars had complied fully with the regulations.

“With regard to the points made by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes concerning the 2007 Australian Grand Prix in a letter to the President of the ACI-CSAI, Gino Macaluso on 1 August last, Ferrari wishes to state very strongly that its letter contains accusations that are both serious and false,” read Ferrari’s statement.

“Contrary to the statement put forward by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari never illegally gained any advantage. The two F2007 cars used in the Australian Grand Prix were deemed by the Stewards to be in conformity with the technical regulations, before, during and at the end of the event. If there had been any illegalities, they would have been disqualified.

“In fact, what the FIA did next is commonplace. The FIA took the opportunity to issue a clarification on the interpretation of the regulation and then asked the teams concerned to make the necessary modifications. There are actually numerous examples of this in both the recent and distant past which have also involved other teams.

“At the next sitting of the FIA International Court of Appeal, Ferrari will fully explain its position on the entire matter.”

A date for the appeal is still to be confirmed. In it, Ferrari will make their case for McLaren to be penalised for being found in possession of confidential data belonging to the Italian team.