FOTA condemns crash-gate data leaks

(GMM) The formula one teams association FOTA on Friday condemned the leaking of information and documents relevant to the Singapore GP 'crash-gate' affair.

After the FIA earlier said it was concerned about and investigating the leaks, FOTA seemed to point the finger of blame at F1's governing body, arguing that "confidential documents should remain under the control of the competent authority".

"All parties to the dispute should have the right to a fair hearing carried out in private and not in the public arena, which is producing adverse publicity damaging to the corporate image and credibility of formula one," read a media statement issued by FOTA, of which Renault is a leading member.

On a visit to the Monza paddock on Friday, FIA president Max Mosley denied that the Paris federation has anything to do with the leaks and agreed that more efforts to safeguard information should be made.

FOTA added that it believes "differences within the sport should be handled in a professional manner and condemns the habit of intentionally releasing confidential documents to influence public opinion".

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