We’re not champions yet says Ferrari

Tue, 18 September 2007, 12:37

Ferrari has confirmed that it does not yet see itself as winner of the 2007 constructors’ championship, despite mathematically clinching the title in Belgium.

“As long as there is the possibility for McLaren to present an appeal against the World Motor Sport Council decision we cannot be defined as world champions,” said spokesman Luca Colajanni.

It has emerged in the Bahraini press that the Woking based team’s decision will only be made after consultation with key investors, including the government owned Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, which owns 30 per cent of McLaren.

A McLaren spokeswoman confirmed that Ron Dennis was scheduled to speak to Bahrain officials before Thursday, the deadline for an appeal.

The formula one world is also waiting on whether McLaren will go through with its announced appeal over points exclusion from the Hungarian grand prix, after the pit stop incident involving drivers Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

The spokeswoman would not comment on the pending decision, while a spokesman for F1’s governing body suggested that the FIA was also waiting to hear from McLaren.

The FIA has also announced that complete transcripts of the espionage hearings, with confidential information to be removed by McLaren and Ferrari on Monday and Tuesday, will then be released to the media on Wednesday.

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