McLaren will appear before the FIA World Motor Sport Council for the second time today as the spy row rumbles on and on following the apparent emergence of 'new evidence'.

McLaren escaped punishment backed in July, when the WMSC convened for the first time, even though they were found to be in possession of the confidential Ferrari dossier.

Indeed as there was 'insufficient evidence that it had been used in such a way as to interfere improperly with the FIA Formula 1 World Championship', no penalty whatsoever was given to Ron Dennis' team.

The FIA warned then though that if in future that information is found to have been used to the detriment of the sport, then they would recall the team to another hearing, where the team would face the 'possibility of exclusion' from the 2007 - and the 2008 championship.

Where this leaves McLaren now is uncertain - and will no doubt rest on what precisely is the 'new evidence', although the ranges of penalties could include anything from exclusion, to points' deductions and/or a big fine.

For the record, the row began when now suspended McLaren chief designer, Mike Coughlan was caught with the secret Ferrari documents, which the Scuderia believe he obtained from their former head of performance, Nigel Stepney.

McLaren-Mercedes however have always maintained that Coughlan was acting alone and for his own interests and without their knowledge, while Stepney has always denied emphatically being the source of the leak.

More to follow later post-hearing...

 

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