Taking High Road or Guilty As Charged?

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Perhaps McLaren’s reaction to the FIA’s announcement is an indication of:

A) Ron is finally heeding my advice and taking the high road so the reaction portrays a calmer, cooler McLaren reaction

or

B) McLaren knows what the evidence is and their “cooperation” is pretty much a forgone conclusion as they are busted.

Let’s hope it is “A”.

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zash
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zash

I’m afraid it’s B) and whether or not the evidence is real or fabricated, it’s serious.

zash
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zash

Ferrari has been quite outspoken about their discontent and are throwing all their weight around on this issue. Historically, they FIA is not immune to Ferrari’s gravity field.

Negative Camber
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No they are not Zash but I have been watching F1 a while and I have seen Ferrari make a real ruckus over things that were…well, no that egregious in my opinion. Grace commented earlier that she couldn’t understand Ferrari’s over-the-top reaction to this and I agreed with her. Now I am wondering if Ferrari know the entire story adn if there is indeed Ferrari grey matter on the McLaren. If that were the case and Ferrari could prove it; I would be incandescent as well.

Grace
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I agree with Zash and I’m pretty sure its option B. It will make Monza interesting tho.

JYS Fan
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JYS Fan

Of course could we call this piling on?

McLaren under investigation by stewards

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62078

Running uncrash tested gearbox….

John “huh” Stone

zash
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zash

Now the Gearbox… I can’t think of any team being under fire this much in the last 20 years…

zash
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zash

Well, maybe Bennetton in its Schumacher days. Illegal traction control, black flags, race bans…

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BobHereYo

I would say it must be pretty serious if the FIA made the switch from the Appeals Board back to the World Council. I think the FIA really looked bad saying that they found McClaren in breach of the rules but did not give any penalty. You can see why, they did not want to effect the championship. But…800 pages in the hands of one of your chief designers. They had to have learned something from them right? I learn things when I see a 2-4 page brochure or article in a trade journal from one of my competitors at… Read more »

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JYS Fan

Oooopppssss….

From Autosport:

McLaren fined $50,000 by stewards

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62087

John “cash only please” Stone

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onthepodium

i think the reason mclaren’s mike coughlan hasn’t been let go, only suspended, it because it would be taken as admitting some kind of guilt. there still has been no emperical proof that mclaren gained from any ferrari information in his possesion. i’m guessing that’s what the FIA might now have. man it would sure suck to see hamilton or alonso denied champ status due to this. and what about that white powder business? stephany now says of the white powder also found in his pocket that he was set up. we need to bring in peter ustinov to solve… Read more »

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For some odd reason I think McLaren may be in deeper water than originally thought. If McLaren knew of any adoptions of Ferrari tech and enied it; they get all they deserve. Of course many will say that the FIA is in Ferrari’s pocket and it is a conspiracy but I have found everything the FIA has done so far as complimentary to McLaren’s position and in the utmost to preserve the championship. This could be the proverbial oil-for-food scandal of F1. Huge! I hope I am wrong and that McLaren are exonerated but the ear marks seem to suggest… Read more »

Grace
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That sure is one expensive gearbox.

Figures my team finally stops sucking and the FIA is throwing everything they have against them. And I agree with BHY – the switch is big… something is definitely up.

Grace
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Hey John – If you see a gearbox on eBay for $50,000 don’t buy it man. Well unless it also comes with Alonso of course.

JYS Fan
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JYS Fan

Aaahhh, I saw one on Craig’s List Woking, it looked like a good deal, some guy said it was only used on the weekends… Was that a mistake..

John “shiftless” Stone

BobHereYo
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BobHereYo

Now the McClaren Gearbox is normal fine and slap on the wrist stuff that we see in F1. Just like the FIA telling BMW to stop the Tower of Power last year on their cars. Hey they were pushing their timelines a bit and overlooked the crash test–it happens. Not major news but if you wanted to read anything into this it is McClaren is very determined (very agressive) to win a championship.

Negative Camber
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Apparently so is Spyker but they took the time to crash test their B-spec car and it failed no doubt. didn’t stop them from following the rules.

Grace
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I don’t really understand how they missed the crash test either. Are you new to F1? I don’t think so. This doesn’t seem to be something that happens that often so why did McLaren “forget” about the crash test? Unless of course they were hoping no one would notice, which is always a possiblity.

JYS Fan
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JYS Fan

And there is more…

The full letter from Mosley to the teams
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62098

and

Letter confirms drivers had new evidence
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/62097

I’m telling you it’s Hamilton….

John “Ohhhh boy!” Stone

Negative Camber
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In the history of McLaren; wonder how many crash tests they have missed?