Ferrari has reacted to the letter sent by Ron Dennis to ACI-CSAI president Luigi Macaluso by complaining that facts contained within the document are 'both serious and false'.

In a press statement issued on the opening day of practice at the Hungaroring, the Scuderia denies that it gained any unfair advantage by running an 'illegal' car at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix - something Dennis claimed to be the case as the ongoing spy row escalated into an angry exchange of 'open' letters - and insisted that it would be prepared to state its case fully at the appeal court hearing successfully gained last week.

The full Ferrari statement reads as follows:

"With regard to the points made by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes concerning the 2007 Australian Grand Prix in a letter to the President of the ACI-CSAI, Gino Macaluso [sic] on 1 August last, Ferrari wishes to state very strongly that its letter contains accusations that are both serious and false.

"Contrary to the statement put forward by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Ferrari never illegally gained any advantage. The two F2007 cars used in the Australian Grand Prix were deemed by the stewards to be in conformity with the technical regulations, before, during and at the end of the event. If there had been any illegalities, they would have been disqualified.

"In fact, what the FIA did next is commonplace. The FIA took the opportunity to issue a clarification on the interpretation of the regulation and then asked the teams concerned to make the necessary modifications. There are actually numerous examples of this in both the recent and distant past which have also involved other teams.

"At the next sitting of the FIA International Court of Appeal, Ferrari will fully explain its position on the entire matter."

 

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