FIA evidence may crown 2007 champion – reports

Wed, 12 September 2007, 03:08

The evidence to be presented at Thursday’s World Motor Sport Council could crown the 2007 world champion.

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport described the alleged proof as “crushing”, claiming that McLaren not only knew Ferrari’s secrets but actually experimented with implementing some of its rival’s technology.

Britain’s The Times claims that the new evidence runs to 166 pages in total, including not only the emails between Pedro de la Rosa and Fernando Alonso, but how they match up with phone and text message traffic between Nigel Stepney and Mike Coughlan.

‘Diario As’, meanwhile, reported that Lewis Hamilton could be in strife following Max Mosley’s warning last Friday that McLaren drivers face the loss of their Super Licences if they do not cooperate with the FIA inquiry.

The Spanish newspaper claims that the rookie championship leader is cited in the new evidence, but unlike de la Rosa and Alonso did not respond to Mosley’s letter.

Spain’s ‘Marca’ newspaper, meanwhile, said de la Rosa and McLaren are in the clear.

“They are not spies or informers,” a source close to McLaren reportedly told the ‘paper.

“Fernando and Pedro have not accused their team of anything and the team knows this. They are simply witnesses and have acted as such.”

Details of the evidence has probably leaked into the public domain because, last Friday, all 26 members of the World Motor Sport Council received a copy of the dossier.

It is rumoured that the FIA might even make the 166-page dossier public after the World Council’s decision is announced on Thursday.

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