Sir Stirling Moss has admitted that he is staggered at the punishment handed down to the McLaren team following the second World Motor Sport Council hearing into the Formula 1 spying row.

The Mercedes-powered team was hit with a $100 million fine by the governing body and excluded from the F1 constructors' championship after new evidence was unearthed that showed that the confidential Ferrari documentation in the hands of chief designer Mike Coughlan has been passed around more than first believed.

However, Moss admitted that he was shocked at the penalty handed out by the FIA following a nine hour hearing in Paris - stating that the only correct thing was that Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso hadn't been docked points in the drivers' championship.

"I'm absolutely staggered - this is terrible," he told Sky Sports. "The whole of motor racing has been shaken and the only thing they have done right is to allow the drivers to keep points.

"Taking the points off the drivers would ruin the whole deal. McLaren are banned, fair enough - but I can't believe a fine like that.

"Ron Dennis is not an easy man but I feel he's been done down I do really - I really do not believe he would know about it. Okay, he's the captain of the ship but I would put a lot of my money on his integrity."

Moss added that he believed more should now be done to both Coughlan and former Ferrari employee Nigel Stepney as the two men at the centre of the row, with their actions having overshadowed one of the biggest championship battles of recent seasons.

"Obviously something should be done to the two guys in particular," he said, referring to Coughlan and Stepney. "The damage they have done to the whole thing is unbelievable - but I'm not convinced McLaren were much enhanced by what they got.

"Lewis and Fernando are stunning drivers and I don't know what the devil I would do if I were them. It's not happened before and I hope it doesn't happen again."

 

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