The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has warned that if action is taken against McLaren later this month as part of the team's alleged involvement in the 'spy row', then it could well have 'implications' for Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

The FIA confirmed on Thursday last week that McLaren had been summoned to an extraordinary meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council to answer charges they 'had unauthorised possession of documents and confidential information belonging to Ferrari, including information that could be used to design, engineer, build, check, test, develop and/or run a 2007 Ferrari Formula One car.'

"We don't call an emergency meeting of the World Motor Sport Council lightly," a spokesperson for the FIA told The Mail on Sunday.co.uk. "We cannot rule out the fact that any sanction against the team would have implications for the drivers."

Those comments echo those made last weekend by FIA president Max Mosley and are contrary to those made in the days leading up to the British GP by F1 ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone - who said the drivers would not be docked points.

Spyker F1 technical director Mike Gascoyne meanwhile added, in the same report, that he had been shocked by the whole affair - and that what has allegedly happened has definitely crossed 'the line'.

"Occasionally, you hear of bits and pieces of information, but this is beyond all known limits," he added. "It's very serious.

"If anyone came to me with data from another team, I'd never employ them. Obviously, you'd worry that one day they would do the same to you - and secondly, if they had to resort to trading in technical data from another team it means they couldn't do the job for themselves."

 

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