Crimes of Paris revisited

OK, some of my previous post about the F1 spying business was (happily) wrong. The FIA’s evidence shows a clear pattern of activity in which Alonso, De La Rosa and Coughlan used information from Ferrari not to put new tweaks on the McLaren, but to figure out how to set it up. In particular, it helped them get the best from the Bridgestone tyres, which at least partly explains why McLaren did not fall away from the front in the same way that Renault, whose inability to get the tyres working this season is well-known, did.

The possible implications for Alonso remain the same, however: he is not going to look good at the end of all this. And I still think the drivers’ points should probably not have been allowed to stand: the information did give the McLaren drivers an unfair advantage, even if the cars were not technically illegal – you can’t have it both ways and remove entrants from one championship but not the other. The handling of the whole thing still looks unsatisfactory, and Mosley’s comments about Dennis seem even more baffling in light of the fact that the only clearly implicated individuals were the two drivers plus Coughlan – not Ron Dennis.


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