McLaren have said that the only reason FIA president, Max Mosley has referred the 'spy row' to the FIA International Court of Appeal is because of a 'thoroughly misleading' press campaign by the Scuderia.

A statement from the Woking-based outfit added that while they are 'disappointed' the saga will now go on, they are 'confident' they will be exonerated again.

Indeed with no new evidence, as far as they are aware, to consider, McLaren believe it should be something of a formality.

The full statement from McLaren read:

"Following a thoroughly misleading press campaign by Ferrari and pressure from the Automobile Club D' Italia, the FIA has asked the FIA International Court of Appeal to consider the unanimous decision made by the World Motor Sport Council on 26th July 2007.

"Having considered in great detail the full submissions of both Ferrari and McLaren, the World Motorsport Council determined that there was no evidence that any information, passed by a Ferrari team member to a McLaren employee, had been brought into the organisation or provided any benefit whatsoever to the McLaren programme.

"McLaren is not aware of any new information or arguments that have arisen since the meeting of the World Motor Sport Council and therefore assumes that these same materials will now be considered by the FIA International Court of Appeal.

"Whilst this is both disappointing and time-consuming, McLaren is confident that the FIA International Court of Appeal will also exonerate McLaren and we will in the meanwhile continue to focus on our current World Championship programme."