Renault Unpunished For Lack of Evidence

December 7, 2007

Renault went unpunished by the FIA World Motorsport Council in Monaco for the lack of evidence that they illegally possessed confidential information that belonged to McLaren.

But it is not over yet, they could still face a future penalty according to Reuters, if new evidence is found that Renault gained an advantage from technical information that belongs to McLaren.

Renault were found guilty of breaking the rules but went unpunished after the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council decided there was not enough evidence to show the championship had been affected.

“Although a number of very unsatisfactory elements were noted during the deliberations…the WMSC concluded that there was insufficient evidence to establish that the information was used in such a way as to interfere with or to have an impact on the championship,” it said.

“It should be noted that in the event of new information coming to light which calls into question the WMSC’s conclusions in this decision, this matter may be re-opened by the FIA,” added the statement.

This is the second time that a spying controversy hit Formula One in 2007. McLaren were fined $100 million and stripped of all their constructors’ points in September because they had confidential information from Ferrari in their possession.

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