McLaren team boss Ron Dennis has claimed that Thursday's verdict in the 'spygate' affair will have no affect on his line-up, despite the continued unrest in the ranks.

While the disaffection between the team and world champion Fernando Alonso, the problem does not stem from the espionage row with Ferrari, although the Spaniard did submit evidence to the latest World Motor Sport Council hearing after being requested to do so by the FIA. According to reports, Alonso and countryman Pedro de la Rosa, who carries out testing duties for the team, both provided proof of email and text exchanges between them, but championship leader Lewis Hamilton reported that he had nothing to supply.

The agreement to provide the information requested is understood to have lifted the threat of sanctions being taken against the drivers, despite McLaren having all of its constructors points stripped as a consequence of its involvement in the case. As a result, Alonso and Hamilton remain free to fight for the individual title.

Asked in an impromptu press conference following the hearing whether the case would have any affect on the team's relationship with the drivers, Dennis stated that there would be no fall-out.

"We have multi-year contracts with both of our drivers, and there has been no discussion about varying them," he said, clearly mindful that Alonso's future remains undecided following his growing frustration at not being given number one status, "We have two of the best drivers in the world, and our commitment to winning races is undiminished. That's what we exist to do - to win races. And if there is any variation to those contracts, it will be by mutual agreements."

Dennis also insisted that his own future would not be influenced by the hearing.

"It was never in question as far as I was concerned," he claimed, "I'm very committed to this company, I'm very passionate about motor racing, and I have absolutely no intention of retiring. I've made a firm commitment to Martin [Whitmarsh] to succeed me as CEO and that decision, whenever it's taken, will not have any bearing on today's affair or any other issues this year."

 

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