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McLaren: no Ferrari elements in team or car 04 Jul 2007

Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Owner is interviewed after the race. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Monaco Grand Prix, Race, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Sunday, 27 May 2007 Mike Coughlan (GBR) McLaren Designer. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, 17 January 2007. World © Sutton

FIA to launch investigation with full cooperation of both teams

Following the earlier news that a McLaren engineer has been suspended in connection with alleged theft of technical information from Ferrari, the British team have issued a second statement regarding the matter.

Formula One racing's governing body, the FIA, has also said they are launching a formal investigation into the issue, with the full cooperation of both teams.

“McLaren has completed a thorough investigation and can confirm that no Ferrari intellectual property has been passed to any other members of the team or incorporated into its cars,” read Wednesday’s press release.

“McLaren has in the meanwhile openly disclosed these matters to the FIA and Ferrari and sought to satisfy any concerns that have arisen from this matter. In order to address some of the speculation McLaren has invited the FIA to conduct a full review of its cars to satisfy itself that the team has not benefited from any intellectual property of another competitor.”

The FIA, meanwhile, stressed that the remit of their enquiry would focus solely on the requirements of the Formula One regulations and the International Sporting Code.

Ferrari confirmed on Tuesday that they have presented a legal case against former employee Nigel Stepney, as well as the McLaren engineer, which numerous media reports are claiming to be chief designer Mike Coughlan, a former colleague of Stepney.