Originally Posted by JimSmith
Trust me, when they are trying to find hundredths of a second virtually anything is relevant because the all cars have certain similarities.
None of the parts are interchangeable, and therefore none of the tweaks are immediately transferrable between cars. The laws of physics and the Formula 1 rules are the only things in common. On an integrated product like the Formula 1, highly competitive racing car, the keys are how to make that car do what the driver needs it to do, intuitively. That is not transferrable from Ferrari to McLaren. Team strategies may be a different story, but that is something that becomes apparent in every race, as the race is run.
I think there may be evidence of foul play here, but F1 should have to ensure the wrong done to Ferrari in terms of an unfair advantage gained by stealing the information in this season and next is equal to the punishment of the McLaren team by F1 in this season and next. Otherwise the punishment is not "fair" and in sports we are looking for the rules to ensure the competition is kept "fair." Not vindictive. Jim[/QUOTE]
No you are right, none of the parts or software is directly interchangeable, but even the smallest amount of knowledge gained can have a tangible effect. We now know that the emails were NOT fabricated just like I suspected.
Human beings are essentially dishonest buggers and it was a step too far for just the chief designer to be cheating here IMO.
Seems I was right too.
One thing though, the size of the fine WAS too big I think.
They should have left drivers and team where they are and allowed them to race, but frozen their points tally and discounted any additional points scored.