FIA says ‘new evidence’ in spy saga

Wed, 5 September 2007, 07:07

The espionage saga involving McLaren and Ferrari took a fresh turn on Wednesday.

F1’s governing body revealed in a statement that it has received “new evidence” and had therefore decided to convene another hearing of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

The meeting will happen on September 13, in the place of an appeal of the original July 26 decision to not penalise Ron Dennis’ Woking based team for spying on its Italian rivals.

“The FIA President’s referral of the matter to the International Court of Appeal has been withdrawn,” the FIA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The governing body also said McLaren representatives had been invited to attend the new meeting, but made no mention of Ferrari.

Due to “insufficient evidence” in July, the World Motor Sport Council found McLaren guilty of breaching the International Sporting Code but could not prove that the confidential Ferrari data had been improperly used.

The FIA also said in July that the team faced exclusion from the 2007 and 2008 championships if it is “found in the future that the Ferrari information has been used”.

An FIA spokesman had no comment on the development, while McLaren said in a statement that the team “will continue to co-operate fully with the FIA”.

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