Formula One Boss Says He Does not Like spying Nonsense Talks

By: Anthony Fontanelle


After Ferrari fired Nigel Stepney and accused him of spying for McLaren, the focus on the sport has moved from the tracks to the boardroom. McLaren's chief designer, Mike Coughlan, allegedly the one that Stepney passed the secret Ferrari documents to, was suspended immediately by McLaren. Found in Coughlan's possession are secret Ferrari documents.

The FIA is already investigating the spying scandal and has already summoned McLaren to an emergency session of the World Motor Sport Council today. The team will be asked to have their say about the scandal. The council is then expected to come out with a decision that could disqualify McLaren and its drivers from the championship.

But Bernie Ecclestone, the commercial rights holder for Formula One, says that he does not like the attention being shifted from what is happening in the tracks. Furthermore, the Formula One head honcho said that he hopes that the decision of the council will not affect the outcome of the drivers' championship this year.

"I don't think anyone's going to make a decision on the world championship without really looking into everything," said Ecclestone in an interview with The Times. "Please God, nothing's gone wrong and it will all be a lot of nonsense. It would be better it didn't happen in the first place and it would be obviously beneficial if it was cleared up and everybody was sort of happy," he added.

The spying scandal does not only affect the reputation of McLaren but it also puts the races secondary when it comes to the attention from Formula One fans. Ecclestone pointed this out saying: "There's been so much talked about this spying nonsense, it's even taking away from what's going on on the track. I don't like it."

It is alleged that McLaren is using technologies developed by Ferrari on their cars. McLaren's team principal, Ron Dennis denied this allegation saying that they have always been playing fair. Aside from the team, the scandal can also affect the partners of the British team. Currently, it includes Vodafone and Mercedes-Benz with the latter supplying them with engines and racing parts as reliable as .

It is speculated that if found guilty, McLaren is facing expulsion from the constructors' championship which they currently lead. This will be a big blow to the team as they have never been this close to winning the championship since they won it in the 1998 Formula One season. Aside from that, the two drivers of the team can also be disqualified from the drivers' championship.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are on the top of the standings and are in danger of losing their chance to win a championship. Hamilton is aiming to become the first rookie to win a championship. Meanwhile, Alonso is looking to take his third straight championship this season.

Fortunately for the McLaren duo, they seem to be not distracted by the scandal. In fact, Alonso recently won the European Grand Prix even with the scandal threatening to expel them from the championship race. Hamilton, on the other hand, is confident that his team will be cleared by the council. He said that he has known Dennis for years now and he believes that stealing secrets from competitors is not the way Dennis operates.

Ecclestone said that the council will only decide after reviewing the facts and hearing what McLaren has to say. "They (McLaren) have been asked to come and say their party piece and until we have heard exactly what's what, it's impossible for anyone to make any decisions or even speculate."

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