McLaren expressed anger but also confidence after it emerged that the FIA’s espionage case against the Woking based team would now be appealed.
Ron Dennis’ team in a statement expressed cynicism that Max Mosley only decided to send the case to the Court of Appeal “following a thoroughly misleading press campaign by Ferrari and pressure from the Automobile Club D’ Italia” (ACI).
The appeal will be heard in late August or early next month, according to sources.
Mosley, the FIA president, wrote in his letter to the ACI on Tuesday that – although McLaren were not punished by the World Council last week – there are “a number of suspicious elements” to the team’s defence.
At the same time, Ferrari’s board of directors met in Maranello and gave the green light for more legal action, this time presumably against McLaren.
“The Board gives its full authority … to initiate and continue any necessary legal action … in addition to those legal actions already underway in every legal, civil, criminal, administrative (and) sporting jurisdiction, be it in Italy or abroad,” a statement read.