McLaren will have to wait another couple of months to get the go-ahead for its 2008 car after the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) deferred its decision until February. McLaren was excluded from the 2007 constructors' championship due to being in possession of confidential Ferrari information, and its 2008 challenger had to be cleared by the FIA to make sure no Ferrari data was present.
McLaren had hoped for a conclusion this month but the WMSC decided further consideration was necessary. "The WMSC considers that McLaren, Ferrari and the other competitors in the FIA Formula One World Championship should be afforded the opportunity to make considered representations on the report at an extraordinary general meeting of the WMSC to be held on Thursday 14 February 2008 in Paris," it stated.
McLaren acknowledged the decision with a statement of its own. "From the very beginning McLaren has provided the FIA with full access and complete co-operation, and remains confident no confidential information has been incorporated within the team's 2007 and 2008 cars."
Other decisions taken by the WMSC included cost reduction principles including aerodynamic testing restrictions, such as only one wind tunnel permitted, limited number of personnel in CFD and CFD computers characterized with performance limits.
The WMSC also authorized the FIA to issue libel proceedings against British newspaper The Sunday Times, which accused the sport's governing body of being involved in a 'witch hunt' against McLaren, apparently in regard to the spy saga.