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Blood on the tracks

Leonardo Rocha | 09:38 UK time, Friday, 14 September 2007

A bloody nose for McLaren. Named, shamed, defeated, condemned to pay a record US$ 100 million for cheating.

The British Formula 1 team has been found guilty of using stolen information provided by a Ferrari insider to redesign its cars and win races.

More on the story here.

Does it really matter HOW you win? Does it need to be fair and square?


McLaren has been stripped of all its points in the Constructors Championship, which means Ferrari are this year winners.

That's something I found in an Italian blog: "the loser is always right, but the winner is always the best."

It's philosophical, it goes beyond sport. Where do you draw the line?

Other F1 (or should I say Ferrari) fans in Italy say: this isn't sack races; this is motor racing, where everyone cheats.

Others say they're ashamed. "Punishing is one thing. Eliminating is another thing. McLaren are this year winners!"

If you want to test your Italian language skills, here's the link to La Repubblica's blog.


In Britain, a sense of injustice.

An article on The Independent says this is down to a very British "class war" in the world of Formula 1.

"Working class" Ron Dennis, the McLaren owner v. "posh" Max Mosley, the FIA president.

What do you think? Fair or unfair? If everyone cheats, as some say, is it your fault if you're caught?

Does it really matter if you win it fairly?


Another big talking point today is the possibility of a crisis in the mortgage sector.

One of the main British mortgage lenders, Northern Rock, had to ask for financial help from the Bank of England yesterday.

It's all linked to the mortgage crisis in the United States.

Many economists have been warning that years of speculation in the property market would eventually lead to a crisis.

Is this where we are now? Are you worried there will be a crisis?

Are you worried this will affect your life? Or is this just another financial scare that will go nowhere?


I heard an amazing report this morning by my colleague Doreen Walton.

She was in Greenland for The World Today.

Today, the focus was on the problems faced by young people there: drugs, alcohol abuse, loneliness, suicide.

It seems to be the case almost everywhere with indigenous people.

Is that something you'd like to talk about?

I'd like to hear from indigenous people in Greenland, Canada, Australia, the US, in Africa


After debating it for 22 years, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples.

Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US all opposed the proposal.

A Canadian friend of mine says people there have had enough: the indigineous people have it all and still want more.

How do you feel about it? Will this declaration make a difference in your country?

Post your comments here on the blog.


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