McLaren won't appeal FIA decision

McLaren-Mercedes has decided not to appeal the decision of the Austrian Grand Prix stewards to strip them of constructors' points and $50,000, after Mika Hakkinen's victory at the A1-Ring. A paper seal was found to be missing from the electronic control box on the World Champion's car during post race scrutineering; a meeting of the FIA and stewards yesterday allowed Hakkinen to keep his win, but deducted the team's 10 points

McLaren won't appeal FIA decision

"The team is satisfied that the FIA and the stewards have acknowledged that the team had in no way interfered with either the software or hardware on Mika's car and that his car is both fully legal and that its electronic systems were identical to those previously approved by the FIA," claims an official statement issued by the West McLaren Mercedes team yesterday.

"The team is, therefore, disappointed that the stewards felt that it was appropriate to deduct the constructors' championship points achieved by Mika and impose a fine of $50,000 on the team," the statement continued.

McLaren International's managing director Martin Whitmarsh insisted the team regards the matter as "closed".

He continued, "whilst the loss of points is very disappointing, we believe that with our current performance we will, by the end of the season, render the loss academic."

After the deduction of constructors' points, McLaren trail Ferrari in the makes' title by 4 points.

An official statement by Ferrari reads: "Ferrari acknowledges the Stewards' decision, and has no further comment to make."

To read the report of yesterday's meeting, click here.

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