As the Ferrari/McLaren drama of recent days continues, the Scuderia has issued another statement to say that police in the UK have not yet been involved and that an external third party informed them about the alleged leak of information. Media ...
As the Ferrari/McLaren drama of recent days continues, the Scuderia has issued another statement to say that police in the UK have not yet been involved and that an external third party informed them about the alleged leak of information. Media reports previously implied that police had searched the house of the unnamed McLaren employee and found documents that belong to Ferrari, but apparently the constabulary were not present.
"Ferrari wishes to clarify that the English police have so far not been involved in investigating the theft of technical information," said the statement. "It was brought to Ferrari's attention by a third party outside Formula 1 racing within the last fortnight, that a senior member of the technical staff within the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team might be in possession of highly sensitive Ferrari information."
"Ferrari reviewed the evidence and consulted London lawyers towards the end of last week. Ferrari then made an urgent application to the High Court in London on 2 July for the court's assistance. As is usual with this kind of court order, Ferrari is currently prevented by the court from making any public statement about the information that it gained as a result of serving the court order."
"At the same time, an investigation is being carried out into the same subject by the Modena Court, therefore no further comment will be forthcoming, in order to respect the legal process in both countries."
Meanwhile, there has been a lot of speculation about what will happen if McLaren is found guilty of illegally receiving and using Ferrari information. The FIA has launched its own investigation into the situation and could impose anything from a fine to McLaren being thrown out of the championship if it sees fit.
However, Bernie Ecclestone does not think that is likely to happen and also believes that the McLaren drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who are currently first and second in the standings, will not be penalized. "Firstly, they (the FIA) have got to prove that if any information was given by Ferrari, it was used," Ecclestone told the UK's Times newspaper.
"And if it was used, did it affect in any way the performance of the car and, if so, where? In that case they could take away constructors' points from the team. But there is no way it would affect the driver. It is nothing to do with the driver -- he's got a car, he gets into the car; he has no idea."