The McLaren Formula One team last week stunned the F1 community by making a public and wide ranging apology to both Ferrari and the sport's governing body in respect of its illegal use of Ferrari technical data. 

The team has already been fined £50m and lost all its constructors' world championship points from the 2007 season as a result of the debacle.

Following a detailed technical examination of both their current and newly designed 2008 challenger, the MP4-23, the team acknowledged that it has now become clear that Ferrari information was more widely disseminated within their organisation than was previously communicated.

McLaren admitted that it "greatly regrets that its own investigations did not identify this material "and has written to the World Motor Sport Council to apologise for this.