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McLaren summoned by the FIA 12 Jul 2007

Representatives of McLaren have been called to appear before the FIA World Motor Sport Council later this month. They will answer a charge that the British team breached sporting regulations by having unauthorised possession of information belonging to Ferrari.

The announcement follows an FIA investigation, which was launched in connection with the alleged theft of confidential technical information from Ferrari and the subsequent suspension of McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan.

The statement, released by the FIA on Thursday, said that: “Team representatives have been called to answer a charge that between March and July 2007, in breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes had unauthorised possession of documents and confidential information belonging to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, including information that could be used to design, engineer, build, check, test, develop and/or run a 2007 Ferrari Formula One car.”

The World Council meeting will take place in Paris on Thursday, July 26.