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Ferrari's Montezemolo happy to win title in court

McLaren's Formula One driver Fernando Alonso (2nd R) of Spain celebrates with team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain (3rd L) and team director Ron Dennis (2nd L) of Britain after winning the Italian Grand Prix as Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (R) of Finland looks up on the podium at the Monza racetrack in Monza September 9, 2007. Ferrari would deserve to win the Formula One constructors' title even if victory came as a result of McLaren being punished in a spying scandal, the Italian team's president said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Ferrari would deserve to win the Formula One constructors’ title even if victory came as a result of McLaren being punished in a spying scandal, the Italian team’s president said on Tuesday.

The sport’s governing body meets on Thursday to consider new evidence in the case and the International Automobile Federation (FIA) has already warned leaders McLaren that they could be excluded from this and next year’s championships.

Ferrari, second in the standings, believe their former engineer Nigel Stepney leaked information about their cars to now suspended McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan and that the British team have benefited from the dossier.

“It would be a victory richly deserved,” Luca di Montezemolo told reporters at the Frankfurt Auto show.

“If we win the world championship over a table it would be deserved because the ones who lose would have won it in a way which was not correct, not loyal and not sport.”

An original hearing concluded that Ferrari technical information was seized from Coughlan’s home but it could not be proved that McLaren had gained from the files.

Ferrari were disgusted by the decision not to punish their rivals but are now eagerly awaiting Thursday’s new meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

“It is an awful story. When things go bad the less you speak of it the better,” Montezemolo added. “All that interests us above all is that this story is over in a hurry and ends with the truth.”

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