Cape Town - McLaren have said they are "very unhappy" with
Ferrari and the FIA after the Scuderia broke a "gentleman's
agreement" by employing safety director Laurent Mekies.
Staff who work for the FIA are in the privileged position of
learning information from all teams on the grid and, as a result, a 12-month
gardening leave period was agreed upon for any FIA member joining any team in
But Mekies, as it currently stands will be able to start
work for Ferrari in September, serving just six months of gardening leave just
like Marcin Budkowski did before joining Renault this season.
The appointment has caused a new wave of anger in the
paddock with McLaren publicly venting their frustration with an agreement being
"We very unhappy with the FIA for losing yet another
key employee to a racing team," Eric Boullier told Motorsport.com.
"Especially after it was agreed by all teams at the
last Strategy Group meeting that no key technical FIA employees would be
employed by a race team within 12 months of leaving the FIA.
"Ferrari went against the gentleman's agreement and the
FIA has not enforced it."
Mekies will be joining Ferrari's technical team and will
report to the Scuderia's technical director Mattia Binotto.