The FIA World Motor Sport Council has disqualified McLaren from the 2007 constructors' championship and imposed the largest fine in motorsport history – but Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso can continue to vie for the drivers' crown.
After nine hours of deliberations at the hearing in Paris, the 26-member World Council panel decided to punish the Woking-based team for breaking the sporting regulations through possessing confidential Ferrari data.
But while the decision to exclude McLaren from the constructors' contest hands that title to Ferrari, McLaren's drivers have escaped a penalty.
Hamilton and Alonso's battle for the world championship will therefore continue unaffected in the remaining four rounds.
The fine of $100m (£49.2 million) will be offset against the television income the team would have earned had it been eligible for constructors' points, but is ne
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