Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

McLaren will not appeal WMSC decision 21 Sep 2007

Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal is interviewed by the media. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 9 September 2007 Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 leads team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 16 September 2007 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday, 9 September 2007

McLaren have notified the FIA they will not appeal the World Motor Sport Council's (WMSC) decision to strip the team of their 2007 constructors’ points and fine them US$100 million.

The penalty came after last week’s WMSC hearing in Paris, where McLaren were found in breach of the International Sporting Code for possession of confidential information belonging to rival team Ferrari.

After discussing the judgement with their shareholders, McLaren say they now hope to put the matter behind them and concentrate their attentions on winning races.

In a statement issued Friday, the team reiterated their assertion that the Ferrari data was never used to gain any advantage on its cars.

McLaren's statement in full:

McLAREN TO FOCUS ON FUTURE - 21 September 2007

McLaren Racing has notified the FIA of its intention not to appeal the verdict of the World Motor Sport Council, as announced on 13th September 2007.

Having now had time to study the judgement of the World Motor Sport Council with its lawyers and shareholders, McLaren thinks it is in the best interests of the sport, and its goal of winning races and world championships, not to appeal.

It is clear from the full judgement that the World Motor Sport Council concluded that the charge that a McLaren employee had "unauthorised possession of documents and confidential information” was proven.

Despite the existence of no evidence that the information was applied, tested or shared with the engineering team (which it was not), this possession constitutes a breach of the Code. To our regret and embarrassment, the content of the previously unknown emails demonstrated possession not being limited to a single person, albeit unsanctioned in any way by the team. For this breach of Article 151c, a very heavy penalty has been imposed on the team.

The major principle of the issue for McLaren is: this information was not used to gain advantage on its cars.

Moving forwards, and in consultation with our shareholders, we will now review and further strengthen our internal compliance structures and processes.

Ron Dennis said: “We believe the time has come to put this huge distraction behind us. McLaren wants to win races and world championships. We are fortunate to have, and continue to receive, unwavering support from our employees, sponsor partners and Formula One fans across the world - all of whom are equally keen that we totally focus on winning this year’s drivers’ championship and the remaining three races of the season.”