The McLaren team have slammed as "grossly inaccurate and misleading" claims from the Italian police that they had found evidence that showed the responsibility of certain members of the team in the spying affair.
Top McLaren executives were questioned by Italian magistrates on Wednesday as part of a legal investigation into Formula One's spying scandal.
The police said in a statement that they had found evidence from which "clearly emerges the responsibilities of the management and some technicians at a high level in McLaren."
McLaren said on Friday, however, that the statement was misleading, as the Italian police were yet to have access to the material taken from the McLaren Technology Centre and the homes of the top executives.
"McLaren Racing wishes to record its extreme displeasure with the wording of a statement that the Italian Police are reported to have made yesterday," said McLaren in a statement.
"If those reports accurately reflect the police statement, the statement is grossly inaccurate and misleading.
"The reports incorrectly claim that the searches produced material which clearly shows the responsibility of certain people at McLaren Racing.
"In fact, the Italian police have not yet even been given access to any of the material taken, nor have they even started to review that material. We would be extremely surprised if the review of the documentation reveals anything which has not already been disclosed as a result of the extensive investigations already carried out.
"McLaren Racing believes that due process needs to be respected and that the conduct of an investigation process should not be construed adversely or used for publicity purposes.
"It should be noted that none of the extensive searches or investigations completed to date have produced any evidence that the Ferrari documents which Mr Nigel Stepney handed over to Mr Michael Coughlan were ever passed to anyone else at McLaren Racing or used on the McLaren Formula One car.
"McLaren Racing will continue to co-operate with Surrey Police regarding any further searches and enquiries they are required to undertake. McLaren Racing wishes to thank Surrey Police for the helpful and courteous manner in which they have undertaken the process."