McLaren have confirmed they will pursue an appeal against the decision to prevent them from scoring constructor points during a hugely controversial Hungarian Grand Prix.

Stemming from Fernando Alonso's 'block' of Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the race around the Hungaroring, the Spaniard was dropped from pole position to sixth on the grid and McLaren were told they would not be able to score manufacturer points.

With Hamilton going on to score his third win of the season and Alonso fighting back to finish fourth, McLaren were unable to retain the 15 points they would have gained normally, reducing their lead in the standings to 19 points instead of increasing it to 34.

Nonetheless, the team could yet regain that advantage if they successful in their appeal to the FIA, via the Motor Sports Association. McLaren is likely to argue that it is an inter-team issue that need not be punished in such a way.

The appeal comes as McLaren desperately try to restore some credibility following a damaging few days since the race, with reports of a major falling out between Ron Dennis, Alonso and Hamilton.

Indeed, while the two drivers remain 1-2 in the standings, the rivalry has spiralled to the point that Alonso is reportedly considering leaving the team after just a single season and neither driver is willing to communicate with one another.

Furthermore, McLaren are already facing the appeal court in September after avoiding punishment in the spying scandal that has also be engulfing the sport and taking its toll on the team's reputation.

No date for the appeal has been confirmed.

 

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