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normally the spy game consists of trying to find out what the other teams are up too regards race stratergy set up etc, nothing major
this is pure industrial espionage as coughlan has the intelectual property of ferrari, the source irelevant
as coughlan is a member of the team the team is therefore guility under the rules
coughlan has been able to read this data and understand it, to those of us with an engineering background we know it is not a ten minute job to read and understand this data but the data within this document will have been able to give coughlan an understanding and ability to know how to combat the ferrari design concepts and strengths
the information gained will have affected the mclaren performance and will have given them an advantage over ferrari, wether one person knew of the information or 10
mclaren deserve punishment and punishment needs to be applied and severly before other team members become tempted to hand over there data to rival members without risk of punishment
- 1 Reply to davee the rave
The ruling was a farce. Ferrari got off without punishment. It was Ferrari's man Stepney who alledgedly stole the information. This was a Ferrari problem, not a McLaren problem. McLaren was victimized by Ferrari. McLaren became the receiver of the stolen information, however, Ferrari is the team with the thief that gave it to them. As a team, Ferrari took their own information and gave it to McLaren and now they blame McLaren? It's ridiculous. They have an internal problem and somehow they want to hold McLaren responsible.
Your absolutely right. The FIA decision that there was no clear evidence that McLaren had used the info to their advantage is both stupid and bizarre. F1 is as much about technological competition as it is about racing and a chief employee possessing such sensitive data is CLEARLY at an unfair advantage.
Furthermore, if he is part of the development team for McLaren how on earth can he not have used the info? Does the FIA think that Ferrari's document contained useless and meaningless information when they are a front running team? Its just really interesting to note how last year McLaren were both slow and unreliable and all of a sudden in 2007 they've managed to turn the corner with lightening speed.