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Motor Racing: FIA warn McLaren drivers to come clean; MOTORSPORT FORMULA ONE.

THE FIA have granted McLaren's drivers amnesty if they supply evidence relevant to the spy saga that has rocked Formula One.

But they have warned that the trio, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and test driver Pedro de la Rosa, would face "serious consequences" - possibly the withdrawal of their Super Licence - should it later be found they withheld information.

McLaren were found guilty by the World Motor Sport Council of fraudulent conduct at the initial hearing on July 26, namely being in possession of unauthorised documents belonging to Ferrari.

But due to insufficient evidence that a 780-page dossier found at the home of suspended McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan had been used by the Woking-based team, they avoided any sanctions, to the outrage of Ferrari.

Now, however, the FIA chosen to reconvene the WMSC in Paris on September 13 to discuss new evidence that could potentially see McLaren could be expelled from this year's championship, and that of 2008.

It has been reported the 'evidence' relates to an e-mail exchange between Alonso and de la Rosa. But when asked whether that was the case, Alonso said: "I am going to try to win the last five races of the season and of the other themes I am not going to talk about anything because it does not concern me. This is a lie."

McLaren were more measured, saying: "We understand that information has again been leaked to the media but our lawyers have advised us that as the case will be heard by the WMSC on Thursday and that this is the appropriate forum for the matter to be discussed."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 8, 2007
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