Jarno Trulli has admitted that he feels both Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton should have been thrown out of the 2007 Formula 1 title race in the wake of the spying scandal that has rocked the sport this season.

The duo's McLaren team was hit with a $100 million fine by the FIA and was excluded from the constructors' championship after being found guilty of being in possession of confidential Ferrari documentation although Alonso, Hamilton and test driver Pedro de la Rosa were given an amnesty against punishment in exchange for providing any evidence of wrongdoing that they possessed.

Although Hamilton insisted he knew nothing about the situation and had nothing to help the FIA hearing, both Alonso and de la Rosa produced e-mail evidence which ultimately proved key in the second hearing of the World Motor Sport Council.

While he admitted it was difficult to judge the whole story without being on the inside, Trulli admitted he found it difficult to understand how McLaren could be thrown out of the title race but its drivers escaped punishment - adding that the whole saga had been bad for the sport.

"It's very difficult to judge the spy story," he told Reuters. "You never know the truth if you're not inside the team. But if you disqualify a team you should probably disqualify the drivers as well because they're all involved and work for the same team.

"It's difficult for me to judge so I don't want to say any more. It's just a shame Formula One has suffered. The sport has been hit hard by this spy story all around the world."

However, also speaking to the news agency, Trulli's Toyota team-mate Ralf Schumacher agreed with the lack of penalty imposed on the two drivers - stating that to remove Hamilton and Alonso from the drivers' title would have made a mockery of the sport.

"I think it's only fair that they are not punished," he said. "The drivers are not really involved in the development of the car. I don't know about the other drivers but for myself, and the people I've talked to, they should not be punished.

"It would be unfair. It's always arguable but I think for the championship it's important that everything stays as it is."

 

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