Bernie Ecclestone insists Lewis Hamilton will not be docked points from his championship leading tally despite the ongoing saga between McLaren and Ferrari over the spy row.

Both teams have been rocked in the past week by allegations that 'intellectual property' has been passed between the two teams, with Ferrari axing engineer Nigel Stepney and McLaren suspending one of their designers too.

Nonetheless, with McLaren insisting no information has been passed onto them, never mind influenced the design of their own car, Bernie Ecclestone has moved to calm speculation that Lewis Hamilton, or team-mate Fernando Alonso, could lose points in punishment.

"It is nothing to do with the driver," Ecclestone told the Times newspaper.

McLaren on the other hand could feel the wrath of the FIA investigation and could be docked points in the constructors' championship and/or be fined.

"They (the FIA) have got to prove that if any information was given by Ferrari, it was used," he said. "And if it was used, did it affect in any way the performance of the car, and if so where?

"In that case, they could take away constructors' points from the team. But there is no way it would affect the driver."

Although it threatens to cast a shadow over the team this weekend in what is McLaren and Hamilton's home grand prix, the news that the championship leader won't be docked points is likely to be a relief to both himself and the sell-out crowd set to turn up to Silverstone this weekend.

 

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