Dennis: FIA scrutineer not involved in race
|By Jonathan Noble||Saturday, October 20th 2007, 21:41 GMT|
The special FIA scrutineer appointed to check on equality at McLaren between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton this weekend will not be involved with the team's race plans tomorrow, boss Ron Dennis has revealed.
Following recent hints from Alonso that things had not been completely equal between himself and Hamilton, the FIA appointed a special inspector to observe proceedings at the team during today's sessions.
On top of that, McLaren invited the Spanish motorsport federation chief Carlos Gracia and other FIA members to further prove that things were equal in how both drivers are treated.
Dennis said, however, that with the fight now focused on beating Ferrari at Interlagos tomorrow it was now no longer necessary for the extra scrutineer to be present in their garage.
"The guys from the FIA and Spain were invited guests," said Dennis. "They had the benefit of Pedro [de la Rosa] explaining everything and answering all the questions - giving a clear understanding of just how the data is available to all engineers on a constant basis. You can see everything.
"The different scrutineer? We were very comfortable to give him a headset to hear what the drivers were saying and, if any questions were asked, we could give him answers. That was just about today.
"We're not going to have these guys involved in tomorrow's race. That's where we really do have to do what we think is the right strategy to beat our competition - which is Ferrari. That is our competition."