McLaren apologizes for spying

Dec 13, 2007 - 7:20 PM By Ian Parkes Special to PA SportsTicker

McLaren racing has issued a public apology for its role in the spying saga that appears certain to pave the way for Lewis Hamilton to compete in next year's Formula One world championship.

In a remarkable turn of events, McLaren confirmed information stolen from Ferrari is more substantial than initially revealed.

Facing the threat of being kicked out of the 2008 title race, McLaren has offered to put a freeze on developments that could be determined as deriving from the Ferrari information.

The World Motor Sport Council, in conjunction with the Formula One teams, was due to hold an EGM on February 14 in Paris to discuss the McLaren situation.

However, FIA president Max Mosley has asked the WMSC members for consent to cancel the hearing "in the light of McLaren's public apology and undertakings," and "in the interests of the sport, to consider this matter closed."

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