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Italian magistrates to question McLaren personnel 08 Feb 2008

(L to R): Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer, Norbert Haug (GER) Mercedes Sporting Director and Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 6 October 2007

McLaren team principal Ron Dennis, CEO Martin Whitmarsh and engineering director Paddy Lowe have been invited by Italian magistrates to answer questions later this month, as part of an ongoing investigation into the squad’s possession of confidential Ferrari information last season.

While Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, drew a line under the ‘spy scandal’ late in 2007 following a public apology from McLaren, Ferrari vowed at the time that they planned to continue with legal proceedings relating to the matter.

Nigel Stepney, the man alleged to have leaked information from the Italian team, and Mike Coughlan, McLaren’s suspended chief designer, who was allegedly in receipt of said information, have also been asked to appear.

Dennis, Whitmarsh and Lowe have been summoned to meet with the magistrates on February 18.