December 05, 2007

Renault's Day In Court

Thursday is the day Renault is hauled in front of the World MotorSports Council.  They stand accused of espionage in 2006 and 2007, essentially stealing the complete plans for McLaren's F1 chassis in those years.

It will be interesting to see what the WMSC does.  There's substantial (as opposed to circumstantial) evidence against Renault, and the FIA has shown what they think espionage is worth, penalty-wise ($100million, exclusion from the constructor's championship). 

If Renault is found guilty and doesn't get hit with a similar penalty, one might expect McLaren to go slightly batsh*t insane.  I'm thinking that Renault will be found guilty, but won't have anywhere NEAR the "McLaren Penalty" levied against them, because I have no confidence in the FIA to actually be consistent.

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IIRC, McClaren has very, very deep pocketed backers, and even though a $100 million fine hurt, it didn't put them under.

Could Renault survive a $100 million fine? My guess is "no". So if they get hit with a lower fine, McClaren will rightfully go ballistic, but FIA will try to argue that "equal impact" is more important than "equal money".

Which won't wash, but that's what they'll say.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 06, 2007 03:20 AM (+rSRq)


What's good for one (in the eyes of the WMSC), should be good for all.  If Renault's penalty is less than McLaren's, then McLaren should get a refund.



Posted by: Mallory at December 06, 2007 07:48 AM (3sife)

3 "McLaren", not "McClaren". sigh...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 06, 2007 03:24 PM (+rSRq)

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