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Ferrari: McLaren tip-off came from outside source 05 Jul 2007

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 celebrates approaching parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Race, Indianapolis, USA, Sunday, 17 June 2007

Ferrari issued another statement on Thursday relating to the alleged theft of technical information from the team, which has seen the subsequent departure of Nigel Stepney and the suspension by McLaren of one of their top engineers.

In it, Ferrari reveal it was a source outside of Formula One racing that tipped them off to the possibility of a member of McLaren’s personnel having obtained intellectual property belonging to the Italian team.

“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 One 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.”

McLaren have also said they will be making no further comment on the matter, which is also being investigated by the FIA.