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.

The FIA has responded to McLaren's statement by announcing that their president Max Mosley has asked the World Motor Sport Council for permission to cancel February's meeting and consider the matter closed.

"In the light of McLaren's public apology and undertakings, the FIA President has asked the members of the WMSC for their consent to cancel the hearing scheduled for 14 February 2008 and, in the interests of the sport, to consider this matter closed," said the FIA in a statement.