McLaren fans are now happy! The team will not be punished for the possession of the confidential data of the Italian team, Scuderia Ferrari , after the FIA decided that there was no proof that the team made use of the information.FIA gave McLaren only a warning that they could face exclusion from the championship if they are found to have used the materials.
Mike Coughlan - McLaren’s suspended chief designer and Nigel Stepney, the sacked Ferrari engineer were not so lucky because FIA is looking into possible legal action against them, because they were in possession of the Ferrari documents.
These are the exact words of the FIA decission:
“The WMSC is satisfied that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes was in possession of confidential Ferrari information and is therefore in breach of article 151c of the International Sporting Code. However, there is insufficient evidence that this information was used in such a way as to interfere improperly with the FIA Formula One World Championship. We therefore impose no penalty.
“But if it is found in the future that the Ferrari information has been used to the detriment of the championship, we reserve the right to invite Vodafone McLaren Mercedes back in front of the WMSC where it will face the possibility of exclusion from not only the 2007 championship but also the 2008 championship" .
“The WMSC will also invite Mr Stepney and Mr Coughlan to show reason why they should not be banned from international motor sport for a lengthy period and the WMSC has delegated authority to deal with this matter to the legal department of the FIA.”