McLaren's decision not to appeal against the spy ruling made by FIA World Motor Sport Council last week has handed Ferrari the constructors' championship.

Ferrari now has a 71 point lead over BMW Sauber and with only three races remaining and a maximum 54 points up for grabs it is all over, handing the Scuderia its 15th constructors' championship, albeit in somewhat controversial and hollow circumstances.

A statement from the Maranello-based outfit read:

"Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has won the 2007 Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship, taking its tally in this competition to fifteen, seven of them in the last nine years.

"Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has actually chosen not to appeal against the decision of the FIA World Council taken on 13th September last, thus accepting the sentence handed out for violation of article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

"Ferrari will now invest all its efforts over the final three races of this championship in trying to also win the Drivers' world title."

The key focus now in the constructors' shifts to the battle for the 'bronze medal', with Renault currently third on 39 points, followed by Williams on 28 and Red Bull Racing on 18.

The real excitement though is in the race for the drivers' title, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton just 2 points up on his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, while Kimi Raikkonen is a further 11 points back in his Ferrari.

Felipe Massa also remains in with a shout in the other F2007 - at least mathematically, although the gap from him to Hamilton is 20 points, with only 30 points still available.

 

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