On Sept. 13, 2007, then-International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Max Mosley assured reporters that justice had been done after McLaren were fined a record $100 million for a spying controversy involving leaked Ferrari data.
That fine, and the fact that McLaren could pay it without going out of business, was the high water mark of an era of massive and rampant spending by the major players in Formula One and heralded major changes in attitudes.
Just over a year later, Honda kicked off a manufacturer exodus. When Renault were caught in a race-fixing scandal this season there was no question of such a fine. Nobody could take that kind of a hit now.
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