I truly hope that when they read today's grovelling apology(pdf) from McLaren Mercedes, the half witted Jackie Stewart, only interested in selling his dreadful book, Murray Walker the Union Jack waving loon and at the bottom of the pile, Martin Brundle, failed Formula One Driver, they realise just why they were all so hopelessly wrong about the FIA dealing with Ron Dennis' team.
It is now even clearer why McLaren were fined that $100 million. Stewart, Walker and Brundle ought to have known that Ron Dennis had been less than frank with the FIA about just what development on the 2007 and even the 2008 McLaren cars came from the information stolen from Ferrari by Nigel Stepney and passed to Mike Coughlan. The letter contained this:
“As a result of the investigations carried out by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile it has become clear that Ferrari information was more widely disseminated within McLaren than was previously communicated. McLaren greatly regrets that its own investigations did not identify this material and has written to the World Motor Sport Council to apologise for this.
Which does not seem to hang together with Dennis' statement back in July
"We have never to my knowledge, and certainly over the past few months over this period, ever used other people's intellectual property.It is not on our car. I am sure the FIA will confirm that either now or in the future, and that is the key message."
Unlike the honesty from Renault, the level of cheating at the Woking team had to be prised out of their executives like drawing rotten teeth.
One thing McLaren must do now is the give the wretched Ron Dennis his marching orders. I suspect the Team's sponsors are unlikely to want reminding of just how much damage this man has done to the sport.