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  • Flying Lobster 27 Flying Lobster 27 Sep 14, 2007 15:56 Flag

    McLaren banned !!!! Any reaction to that ?

    First of all, this appeal wasn't about "did any spying take place?", the FIA made it clear last time that something had got through to Coughlan, yet no proof that the team had used it to their advantage. No way that verdict was going to be overturned.
    This appeal was about Ferrari wanting McLaren to be punished. Nothing more.

    Banning McLaren from the Constructor's championship is a fair compromise between satisfying Ferrari on the punishment front, and not letting down the millions of real racing fans, like myself, who were witnessing the most tense driver's battle in years, and who would have deserted if anything more draconian happened.

    Ferrari are satisfied, and so they should be. They will be Constructor's champions unless something goes very wrong, and McLaren have been punished more severely than they were when they were giving the sport's image a less subtle bashing.
    Remember Austria 2002 - Ferrari blatantly brought the sport into disrepute - penalty of immediate exclusion from both championships -, but were only fined a couple of million dollars for not respecting podium ceremony protocol...

    I hope the FIA spends their hundred million wisely. As racing fans, I think we should have a right to look into that...