So far FIA has said (yesterday) only the following:
- Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has been stripped of all constructor points in the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship scored so far and the team can score no points for the remainder of the season.
- Due to the exceptional circumstances in which the FIA gave the team’s drivers an immunity in return for providing evidence, there is no penalty in regard to drivers’ points.
- Full technical report on the 2008 McLaren car will be sought at a later date and FIA will take a decision at its December 2007 meeting as to what sanction, if any, will be imposed on the team for the 2008 season.
- The full reasons for this decision will be issued on 14th September 2007.
- No McLaren representative will be allowed on the podium should a McLaren driver win in any of the remaining races of the 2007 season (note that drivers will be allowed, only the constructor representative is not going to be allowed).
I have left out the monetary punishment details and some other statement regarding “no other teams will be affected” as they are of no concern here.
Now, why should the media spin out several possibilities on what might the evidence be and what might the rationale behind the verdict be? Rather than waiting till 14th September 2007 (which is just a day of waiting time). Now, after FIA comes out with the details, there will be lot more re-spins by the media. Unfortunately, I have to read through these spins and re-spins to make some sense out of what is going to be published today by the FIA.