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McLaren terminate Coughlan's contract

Mike Coughlan, the designer at the centre of last year's Formula One spy scandal, has finally had his contract with McLaren terminated, autosport.com can reveal.

Coughlan had been suspended from his role as chief designer at the Woking-based team ever since Ferrari documents were found at his house last July.

Although McLaren were eventually thrown out of the constructors' championship and fined $100 million (USD) in the wake of that Ferrari information passing into the team, Coughlan was kept suspended throughout the affair.

It is understood that Coughlan could not be sacked by McLaren because of legal issues.

However, senior McLaren sources have confirmed to autosport.com that Coughlan is now no longer part of the outfit and his contract with McLaren has been terminated.

Coughlan recently met with the FIA to explain his role in the affair and, after apologising to the governing body and Ferrari, it is understood he has been banned from international motor racing until July 2009.

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