Rival teams, young drivers to benefit from McLaren fine 15 Sep 2007
FIA President Max Mosley has revealed how Formula One racings governing body plans to spend the proceeds from McLarens record $100 million fine.
If Mosley has his way, McLarens rivals will receive a portion of the money, with the rest distributed among national motorsport authorities to help fund young driver programmes.
Roughly half of it will go to the other teams, the other half were going - if the World Council agrees - to distribute to our ASNs worldwide to bring on young drivers, Mosley told reporters at Spa.
McLarens fine - and the teams exclusion from the 2007 constructors championship - came after the FIAs World Motor Sport Council decided they had exploited confidential technical information obtained from Ferrari.
But whilst some in the paddock, including McLaren boss Ron Dennis, felt the punishment extreme, Mosley suggested the team were fortunate not to have received a harsher penalty.
They were extremely lucky we didnt quite simply say, You have polluted the championship in 2007, youve probably polluted it in 2008 - because weve no way of knowing what information youre using for what in your 2007 and 2008 cars - so youd better stay out of the championship until 2009, because that way we know its completely clear.
We didnt do that, and I think when the history of this gets to be written, it may be what we will be reproached not for doing too much, but for doing too little.
McLaren have yet to confirm whether they plan to appeal the decision.