FIA confirms McLaren appeal

The FIA has confirmed that McLaren intends to appeal the decision of Interlagos stewards to not punish BMW Sauber and Williams for fuel irregularities after the Brazilian Grand Prix. Samples were taken from both teams and the fuel was judged to be...

The FIA has confirmed that McLaren intends to appeal the decision of Interlagos stewards to not punish BMW Sauber and Williams for fuel irregularities after the Brazilian Grand Prix. Samples were taken from both teams and the fuel was judged to be not compliant with the permitted temperatures.

However, it seems that an exact temperature reading for the cars' fuel could not be taken and there was also a discrepancy in the ambient temperatures provided. Therefore the stewards decided that the evidence was not conclusive enough to prove illegality and no penalties were given.

McLaren said that its appeal is based on wanting clarification of the regulations, as it believes the FIA should make a definite ruling on "whether an irregularity occurred or not". The International Court of Appeal now has to decide whether to accept the case.

"The FIA has been informed by the Secretariat of the International Court of Appeal that they have received a Notification of Appeal from the UK National Sporting Authority (RAC MSA) on behalf of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes," said a statement from the FIA on October 23rd.

"The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes appeal is against the decision of the Stewards of the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix, made at 21.35 hrs on October 21st 2007 (document number 41), that it was inappropriate to impose a penalty on cars 9, 10, 16 and 17."

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Series Formula 1
Teams Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Williams