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'Spy-gate' scandal engineer sentenced
Hamilton refuses to alter driving style despite recent crashes
Posted Sep 30, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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Does everyone remember the ‘Spy-gate’ scandal that tarnished the reputation of Formula One in 2007? Well the former Ferrari engineer who was at the centre of it has been sentenced according to the Italian team.
Nigel Stepney, who is currently the team manager of the Sumo Racing sportscar team that runs Nissan GT-Rs in the FIA GT1 championship, has been sentenced to a year and eight months in prison and a £500 fine for his part in the scandal. However, he is unlikely to serve any time under Italy’s legal system.
‘Spy-gate’ saw Stepney accused of passing Ferrari data to the McLaren team, who were fined £50m and stripped of all their constructors’ points for the 2007 season by the FIA.
Although this has taken three years to reach a conclusion, it has shown that cheating won’t be tolerated within the sport and, in my opinion, the FIA have acted brilliantly to implement such punishment on the guilty parties. Well done to them.
In other F1 news, Lewis Hamilton has said he will not alter his racing style despite crashing out of the last two grands prix and falling 20 points behind championship leader Mark Webber.
He told the BBC: “I’m a racer. I always race myheart out, and nothing will ever change that.”
I say, good on you Lewis! Motorsport can be boring at times, especially if it’s just a procession of cars, so to have someone willing to try and overtake, to push those around him is only a good thing for the sport.
With four races to go both Hamilton and teammate Jenson Button are right in the hunt for a second world title. Button is 25 points back – the equivalent of one win – and is confident of retaining the title he won last year.
I would love to see a McLaren one-two this season, especially as they’ve had the third quickest car for much of the season. It will highlight just how talented the two British drivers are and will once again propel the sport into the forefront of the public’s mind.
Let’s hope both have a bit of luck in Suzuka, Japan on October 10th and start to chip away at that point deficit. Good luck guys.