McLaren got off lightly says Mosley

Sat, 15 September 2007, 05:44

Max Mosley suggested on Friday that McLaren got off lightly with a $100m fine and exclusion from the 2007 constructors’ championship.

The FIA president at Spa-Francorchamps made it clear that he was not among the group of World Motor Sport Council members last Thursday who battled to minimise the team’s sanction for espionage.

He said it is his “personal opinion” that McLaren “logically” should have also lost the drivers’ points as well.

Mosley admitted that, “for the fans”, however, it is better that the four-way battle for the 2007 crown was left intact.

“Everyone can have an opinion, and this was the opinion of the majority,” he said, “but the simpler solution would have been exclusion for 2007 and 2008.”

Mosley was also asked whether Fernando Alonso, whose argument in Hungary with Ron Dennis ultimately triggered the release of the incriminating email evidence, will receive the FIA’s $1m reward for whistle-blowing.

“I don’t think he needs it,” the Briton joked.

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