Brundle expects spying row to continue

Martin Brundle thinks that the controversy surrounding the McLaren spy scandal will likely roll on into 2008, even if the matter is officially declared finished by the FIA this week

Brundle expects spying row to continue

Motor racing's governing body are expected to confirm before Christmas that a World Motor Sport Council hearing scheduled for next February to discuss the 2008 McLaren has been cancelled.

This comes after McLaren issued an apology to the FIA for not realising how far Ferrari information had 'manifested' itself their team, and offering to stop development on parts on their MP4-23 that could have been inspired by Ferrari information.

Writing in his column in the Sunday Times, Brundle said that the implications for McLaren and F1 over the affair will still be felt for some time.

"So what happens now?" he said. "Nobody at McLaren is allowed to, or wants to talk. It is a private company, so the stakeholders will decide if heads should roll.

"The team must be hurting financially and must be struggling to pacify sponsors and attract fresh money until this matter is closed. I suspect they would have taken just about any amount of pain to achieve this.

"Many, though, want to know why the 2008 Renault is not subject to ongoing FIA scrutiny for signs of McLaren technology transfer? It's time to move on, but I suspect we haven't heard the last of this."

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