Thursday, September 13, 2007
McLaren statement after sanctions in F1 spy case
PARIS -- Text of the McLaren statement read by team chief
Ron Dennis after the World Motor Sports Council imposed a $100
million penalty and stripped the team of its constructors' points
in the Formula One spy scandal:
"The most important thing is that we will be going motor racing
this weekend, the rest of the season and every season. This means that our drivers can continue to compete for the World
Championship. However having been at the hearing today I do not
accept that we deserved to be penalized in this way.
Today's evidence given to the FIA by our drivers, engineers and
staff clearly demonstrated that we did not use any leaked
information to gain a competitive advantage.
Much has been made in the press and at the hearing today of
e-mails and text messages to and from our drivers. The World Motor
Sports Council received statements from Fernando Alonso,
Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de la Rosa stating categorically that no Ferrari information had been used by McLaren and that they had not passed
any confidential data to the team.
The entire engineering team in excess of 140 people provided
statements to the FIA affirming that they had never received or
used the Ferrari information.
We have never denied that the information from Ferrari was in
the personal possession of one of our employees at his home. The
issue is: was this information used by McLaren? This is not the
case and has not been proven today.
We are also continually asked if McLaren didn't use the
information, what was the reason for Stepney and Coughlan
collecting all this data about Ferrari? We can only speculate as
neither Coughlan nor Stepney gave evidence at today's hearing, but
we do know that they were both seeking employment with other teams,
as already confirmed by both Honda and Toyota.
There will be no issue for the 2008 season as we have not at any
stage used any intellectual property of any other team.
We have got the best drivers and the best car and we intend to
win the World Championship."