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F1: Nigel Stepney says the Ferrari was illegal in 2007

Former Ferrari team manager Nigel Stepney claims this week the Italian team knowingly cheated in order to win the first Grand Prix of 2007.

The Briton, who was a leading figure in that year's infamous "spygate" scandal, told Racecar Engineering that the car driven by Kimi Raikkonen in Australia had an illegal moveable floor.

"I like to try to win on a fair basis but when I was there I disagreed with something that was going on within Ferrari," revealed Nigel Stepney, who now runs the sports car team JRM Racing.

"I thought it was not correct, and although I was wrong to discuss it [with a rival], winning until you get stopped was not the correct way. It went against the grain."

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Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F2007. (Photo: Ferrari)

Knowing the issue, McLaren asked for clarifications from the FIA. The rear-wing was declared legal, but the floor wasn't.

Team principal Ron Dennis choose not to protest the result of the Australian Grand prix, won by Ferrari.

Interestingly, Kimi Raikkonen won the 2007 world championship by 1 point. If Ferrari would have been disqualified, the Fin would have lost 10 points and the title would have gone to Lewis Hamilton equals in point with Fernando Alonso.