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Old 20th May 2008, 23:44   #1
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Default The Scandal That Rocked the Formula One Racing World

Are you a F1 fan? Do you wish to know the story behind the Ferrari - McLaren fiasco?

You are in for a long read.

Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Formula One Racing World

ps: usual disclaimers apply, read at your own risk
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Old 21st May 2008, 00:06   #2
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Awesome read !! Thanks
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Thank you for posting that. I never did like the way Ferrari played the game and detest it now. They are sore sore losers and in fact Alonso would be a great fit in that team. Disgusting! That they have always bent the rules in their favour and that that they flaunt the Ferrari tag to portray a holier than God attitude speaks of a desperate lack of ethics.

Everyone wants to win, but at what cost is the question. As good as their cars might be, racing is a sport and the sprit of gamesmanship and sportsmanship need to be accorded their place and followed. Fact remains McLaren got screwed out of the championship last year and nothing will change that.
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Hey Srijit,
Nice find and an awsome read. Can't believe such a long story actually happened between these teams.
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All of this was discussed, debated, & argued over last year. There's nothing new here that people, F1 people, already didn't know. It's rather obvious that the author's a huge fan of Ron Dennis (!?!), you don't have to read beyond a couple of paragraphs to deduce how this anti-Ferrari tirade's going to end

It's myopic & biased to brush under the carpet the potential gains McLaren would've enjoyed by being privy to accurate Ferrari data. As an example, if McLaren had previously collected Ferrari's weight distribution from their "genuine" sources as suggested by the author, why would Fernando find it difficult to believe when informed of the same by Coughlan/Stepney ?

The infamous floor device was not illegal as set in the Technical Regulations of last year, those in doubt please take the time to read them. The floor was a device that used a loop-hole in the articles that governed bodywork aerodynamics in a way that was advantageous at speed. Incidentally, BMW were also running a similar device. McLaren had written to the FIA not complaining about such a device, but requesting if such an interpretation of the article was valid - in essence they were asking if they could run such a device too !

To categorize Ferrari as the villains of F1, & by extension, McLaren as pious, penitent underdogs is naive. Ferrari's not run by criminals & neither is McLaren run by nuns ! McLaren's a good team no doubt, but Ferrari is Ferrari - give them their due...

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Superb lunch read! Thanks for sharing this detailed article, Srijit.

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Thank you for posting that. I never did like the way Ferrari played the game and detest it now. They are sore sore losers and in fact Alonso would be a great fit in that team. Disgusting!
Ferrari did nothing but play their cards well. Mclaren was found guilty of holding / using confidential Ferrari information.....in fact even Fonso and Pedro were found discussing it. Any team would have pounced on this opportunity to nail the other.

The article ends with a line that says Ferrari gained more from this than Mclaren lost. I couldn't agree any more.
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