After the big espionage Formula One scandal from this season that implicated McLaren and Ferrari – McLaren was accused and found guilty of spying on Ferrari and had to pay a 100 million USD fine, and was disqualified from the constructor’s championship making it easy for Ferrari to win it – it was logical that FIA will pay attention at the development of the McLaren’s 2008 car, but the declarations of Max Mosley, president of the sport’s rule makers the FIA, are ridiculous.
If FIA founds any implementation of Ferrari technology in the McLaren’s car Lewis Hamilton and McLaren could start the next Formula One World Championship season on negative points, and I believe that is the right thing to do, but to probe McLaren’s 2008 cars to ensure that no “ideas” from the Italian team will be used that’s too much. Who will be in charge of judging that those “ideas” are under Ferrari’s license? By the way not all “genius” are at Ferrari, maybe on brilliant engineer from McLaren comes up with a similar technology, or, who knows, he invents something superior to Ferrari’s technology and those "outside experts" that supervise McLaren’s development decide that Ferrari is the owner of the “idea” behind that technology. Those things shouldn’t happen.
But enough with my opinion and let’s see what Mosley declared on BBC. He said about the Ferrari data: ”That was in the hands of the chief designer at precisely the moment he was designing the 2008 McLaren. You’re not going to find on the McLaren a part that was designed by Ferrari, but what you may find are ideas and at this level of technology at this level of motorsport, if the idea is given to the chief designer he will make a component utilizing that idea which bears no relation at all to the component perhaps being used by the other car. So we will be looking for the ideas. The investigation will be thorough, it will use outside experts and we will do everything we possibly can to make sure that either of the McLarens has no element of Ferrari intellectual property in it or if it does we will then have to consider taking some sort of action. That would not necessarily be preventing them from running. It would be more likely that they would be given a negative point allocation.”
He also declared:”Finding something will not be easy. On the other hand, there are sources we are going to deploy who will give us as good a chance as it’s possible to have to find it.”
I hope that those “outside experts” will do their job without any “outside implication” and that McLaren will think twice before using any data they obtain from another source than their research.