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Schumacher joins panel to distribute spy-gate fine

March 27, 2008 16:13 IST

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher [Images] joins FIA president Max Mosley on an elite panel that would distribute $ 60 million of the $ 100 million fine to be paid by McLaren-Mercedes following the 'spy-gate' scandal that rocked motorsports last year.

Apart from Schumacher and Mosley, both of whom are FIA Foundation Trustees, other members of the panel include Nick Craw, President of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (representing National Sporting Associations), Jean Todt (Ferrari [Images]) and Norbert Haug (Mercedes) -- last two representing the manufacturers involved in the espionage saga.

"The WMSC appointed the Management Committee for the Motor Sport Safety Development Fund, the body which will distribute the $ 60 million from the McLaren-Mercedes fine, for the benefit of motor sport worldwide. The Committee will control the Fund under the administration of the FIA Foundation," the FIA said in a statement.

"The intention is to disperse the fund over the next five years and to concentrate activities on a Young Driver Safety Scholarship Programme, an Officials Skills Safety Training Programme and a Facility Safety Improvement Consultancy Programme," it added.

In a shocking revelation, a 780-page dossier on Ferrari cars was found at the residence of McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan last year, an incident that resulted in McLaren being scratched from the manufacturers' championship.

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