Ferrari and McLaren draw line under spying row 11 Jul 2008
Ferrari and McLaren both issued statements on Friday confirming that the teams have agreed to settle their outstanding differences over the spying controversy that dominated the Formula One headlines in the latter half of last season.
McLaren were fined $100 million and stripped of their 2007 constructors points after the FIA concluded they had benefitted from the acquisition of leaked Ferrari data. McLaren have now agreed to also pay Ferraris costs relating to the matter, as well as a concluding payment, which Ferrari will donate to charity.
The FIA formally drew a line under the Spygate affair last December after McLaren issued a public apology and agreed not to pursue the development of certain systems on their Formula One cars. Fridays statements now signal the end of the few remaining issues between the two teams.
Ferrari still plan to continue legal proceedings against former employee Nigel Stepney, the engineer alleged to have passed the confidential information to McLaren.
"In light of the formal closure in December 2007 of the FIA and FIA World Motor Sport Council proceedings against McLaren, and of McLaren's public apology to Ferrari which we have reiterated, Ferrari and McLaren have agreed to bring the various disputes between them in relation to this matter to a final conclusion.
"McLaren has also agreed to the reimbursement of Ferrari's costs and expenses relating to these matters and a concluding payment."
"Ferrari acknowledges McLaren's reiterated apology for the well known events which occurred during the 2007 F1 Championship and, in the best interests of Formula One and taking into account the formal closure in December 2007 of the FIA and FIA World Motor Sport Council proceedings against McLaren, it confirms that it has accepted to put an end to all outstanding controversies between the two teams. Ferrari will donate to charity the concluding payment received from McLaren.
"Ferrari will pursue its claims against Nigel Stepney in connection with the matter."