Spy drama taints Formula One
Ferrari team boss Jean Todt says legal proceedings will continue against McLaren.
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2007 12:04 GMT
Ferrari team boss Jean Todt wants the truth, even if Formula One can't handle it [GALLO/GETTY]
Jean Todt, Ferrari racing team boss, has said that the Formula One spy controversy is "a taint on the sport", but his team's strong desire to have the truth revealed means that the affair is unlikely to reach a conclusion any time soon.
McLaren, Ferrari's main rival in the sport, face a FIA Motor Sport World Council hearing on Thursday to discuss new evidence regarding the file of Ferrari technical information leaked to the British team by Nigel Stepney, ex-Ferrari engineer.

However speaking after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, Todt confirmed that regardless of the result of the hearing, his team will continue their legal proceedings against McLaren in Italy and Britain.

"For us it is something which is too important and we will move forward in Italy and we will move on with the civil case in the UK as well," Todt said.

"With the FIA, I'm not going to comment on what the decisions will be because I don't know what the decisions will be."

Todt is obviously expecting a different conclusion from the original hearing in July where McLaren escaped without sanction, however refused to outline what he feels would be an appropriate punishment.

"I think that we are sorry that it is happening in Formula One, but we are in the position where we want the truth to appear."

Jean Todt, Ferrari team boss

"It's not a menu, where you go 'would you prefer number one or number two?' I mean, the FIA and the World Council will have to decide with the evidence that they have in hand," the Frenchman said.

"Our duty is to provide as much evidence as possible for the World Council to understand exactly what has happened.

"We didn't accept the July decision because we found proof the decision was not appropriate. And then if you see the wording of the decision - in case of new evidence, things will be different. We will be able to produce new evidence."

Ferrari seek truthful outcome

"It's a taint on the sport. I think that we are sorry that it is happening in Formula One, but we are in the position where we want the truth to appear," Todt added.

"And that's all that we want, and all that we have been working on and doing, and we are confident that the truth will come through."

Meanwhile on the track, Todt's team Ferrari were upstaged by McLaren on the Italian manufacturer's home circuit in Monza.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton's one-two finish leaves the McLaren pair comfortably clear in the driver's and constructor's championships.

Felipe Massa, Ferrari's Brazilian driver, was forced to retire early from the race whilst Finn Kimi Raikkonen could only manage a distant third place, leaving him 18 points behind Hamilton with four races remaining.

It now appears that courtroom success represents Ferrari's only hope of rescuing either championship.

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