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Italian investigators visit McLaren offices and homes in spy scandal investigation

Italian investigators visit McLaren offices and homes in spy scandal investigation

Italian investigators visited the offices of Formula One team McLaren and the homes of several of its executives on Wednesday as part of a criminal probe into the sport's spy scandal.
McLaren said Italian investigators, led by the Modena magistrate, were accompanied by local Surrey Police as they went to the McLaren Technology Center and the homes of "a number" of team executives.
"The police are completely satisfied with the co-operation they have received," McLaren said in a statement. "These actions are part of a normal judicial process in connection with the ongoing investigation, and are supported by McLaren Racing."
The names of the investigators or the executives were not disclosed, but reports in Italy last week said McLaren chief Ron Dennis, CEO Martin Whitmarsh, chief designer Mike Coughlan and engineering director Paddy Lowe would be expected to be called in for questioning.
On Feb. 18, the man at the center of the scandal _ former Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney _ was questioned for three hours by Modena prosecutor Giuseppe Tibis.
He is investigating Stepney for providing confidential material to McLaren. Six other McLaren officials, including management members and technicians, are also under investigation.
Stepney was head of performance development at Ferrari when the scandal broke last July and a 780-page technical dossier on Ferrari cars was found at the home of Coughlan.
Stepney was fired from Ferrari, while McLaren was fined a record US$100 million by the World Motor Sport Council and kicked out of the manufacturers' championship after being accused of using the leaked information.


Updated : 2021-06-13 22:17 GMT+08:00