Many doubt usefulness of Formula One's ongoing spy games

Although the eye-popping sanctions against McLaren Mercedes in the F1 spy scandal seem to put the team's actions in the most serious light, many around the paddock wonder whether spying has much value, writes Dan Knutson.

Updated: September 14, 2007, 7:24 PM ET
By Dan Knutson | Special to ESPN.com

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium -- After a year's hiatus, Formula One has returned to one of the most challenging, stunning and historic road circuits in the world -- Spa-Francorchamps -- for the Belgian Grand Prix.

On Friday morning, when the 22 V-8 engines started to scream at 19,000 rpm around the track that sweeps and plunges through the hills and trees of the Ardennes Forest, they drowned out, at least for a moment, the cacophony surrounding the McLaren/Ferrari spy scandal. But ...

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