Hamiltons Championship Dream May be Dashed

By: Anthony Fontanelle

McLaren's rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton is currently leading the standings for the drivers' championship after nine races this season. His hope of winning the championship in his rookie season may have been jeopardized by the recent spying scandal which involved McLaren and Ferrari.

Leading teammate and double world champion Fernando Alonso by twelve points in the standings, the Briton is already being favored by many to become the first rookie to win a championship aside from Nino Farina who was the first champion of the sport. His teammate Alonso is also facing expulsion from the championship race as the FIA decided to charge Vodafone McLaren Mercedes of breaching an international sporting code.

The team has already been summoned by the FIA, Formula One's ruling body to appear before a world motor sport council in Paris, France on the 26th of this month. The said council will be held four days after the upcoming European Grand Prix which will be held at the NÃ?rburgring in Nurburg, Germany. The team will be asked to answer for the fact that the team's chief designer Mike Coughlan was found in possession of the Ferrari secret documents.

The said documents found allegedly in possession of Coughlan reportedly contain information gathered by the Italian team. The possession of the said dossier by Coughlan has implicated the team he is working for. Team McLaren is now being held accountable for breaching Article 151c of the sporting code which says: "any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally".

The FIA has issued a statement which informs the world that McLaren has already been summoned. According to the FIA: "The team representatives have been called to answer a charge that between March and July 2007, in breach of article 151c of the international sporting code, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes had unauthorized possession of documents and confidential information belonging to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, including information that could be used to design, engineer, build, check, test, develop and/or run a 2007 Ferrari Formula One car."

In reaction, McLaren who partners with German carmaker Mercedes-Benz which supplied them with engines and other racing components such as and whatnot has this to say: "McLaren is extremely disappointed to note that it has been asked by the FIA to answer a charge of being in possession of certain documents and confidential information belonging to Ferrari."

"Whilst McLaren wishes to continue its full co-operation with any investigation into this matter, it does wish to make it very clear that the documents and confidential information were only in the possession of one currently suspended employee on an unauthorized basis and no element of it has been used in relation to McLaren's Formula One cars."

Aside from having two drivers in front of the drivers' standing, McLaren is also leading the constructors' championship standings. The British Formula One team has not won a championship since the 1998 Formula One season and this season is one of the closest they have gotten in the past nine years to the championship. This hope for a championship after a long wait is in the danger of being dashed.

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