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Honda confirm approach by Stepney and Coughlan 06 Jul 2007

Nick Fry (GBR) Honda Racing F1 Team Chief Executive Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, French Grand Prix, Practice Day, Magny-Cours, France, Friday, 29 June 2007

Honda have revealed that former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney and McLaren’s chief designer Mike Coughlan paid a joint visit to the team last month, but stressed that no confidential information was offered or received during the meeting.

It follows news earlier this week that Ferrari are pursuing a case against Stepney and an unnamed McLaren engineer over the alleged theft of technical information from the Italian team. McLaren have since suspended the staff member in question.

“Given the speculation surrounding the legal investigations at Ferrari and McLaren, the Honda Racing F1 Team would like to clarify that earlier this year Nigel Stepney, formerly of Scuderia Ferrari, requested a meeting with Nick Fry, Chief Executive Officer of the Honda Racing F1 Team,” said Honda in a statement released Friday.

“Nigel Stepney subsequently met in June of this year with Nick Fry and brought with him Mike Coughlan of McLaren, with a view to investigating job opportunities within the Honda Racing F1 Team.

“Honda would like to stress that at no point during this meeting was any confidential information offered or received. Nick Fry informed Jean Todt and Ron Dennis of the meeting and has offered to provide any information required by Ferrari and McLaren.”