McLaren alone must face FIA fine – Mercedes

Fri, 28 September 2007, 08:18

Mercedes-Benz will not contribute to formula one partner McLaren’s $100m espionage fine.

That was the revelation of the German manufacturer’s competition director Norbert Haug on Friday, even though Mercedes owns 40 per cent – and is therefore the largest single shareholder – of the Ron Dennis-led outfit.

“They are a separate company,” Haug told the news agency Sport-Informations-Dienst in Japan.

“The punishment is for McLaren.”

Earlier this month, McLaren Group chairman Dennis insisted that the record motor sport fine – to be offset by lost income for being kicked out of the constructors’ championship – would not cripple his team.

“As you can see if you read our accounts, we turn over roughly (US) $450m-$500m a year, and we are debt-free, so obviously we are a very strong company with phenomenal growth,” he said.

After the World Motor Sport Council imposed the penalty on September 13, the 60-year-old jokingly said he would ask Haug to “chip in half” of the fine.

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