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Alonso interviewed by Italian magistrate 10 Oct 2007

Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, Thursday, 6 September 2007

World champion Fernando Alonso met with an Italian magistrate on Tuesday as part of an ongoing legal investigation concerning McLaren’s possession of confidential Ferrari information.

The FIA stripped McLaren of their 2007 constructors’ points and fined them US$100 million last month after deciding the team had profited from access to the data. Emails between Alonso and test driver Pedro de la Rosa formed part of the evidence in the hearing.

Further to this, Ferrari are pressing ahead with legal proceedings against former engineer Nigel Stepney, who was allegedly the source of the Ferrari data found in the possession of McLaren’s suspended chief designer Mike Coughlan.

At last month’s Italian Grand Prix Modena’s public prosecutor, Giuseppe Tibis, issued ‘avviso di garanzia’ - a legal notice that someone is under investigation in a criminal procedure - to various McLaren personnel, as well as to Stepney. Such notifications do not imply that any charges are being considered.

Alonso was called to Modena by Tibis purely as a witness with knowledge relevant to the investigation. His meeting with the Spaniard reportedly lasted around two hours.