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."
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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