McLaren reassure Ferrari about leaked data

McLaren say no intellectual property from the Ferrari team has been used in the design of their cars

McLaren reassure Ferrari about leaked data

Rivals Ferrari have accused their former technical manager Nigel Stepney of passing secrets to McLaren after searching the house of chief designer Mike Coughlan in England on Tuesday.

McLaren did not name Coughlan but said their employee had been suspended pending an investigation into the receipt of classified information.

However, the British team said on Wednesday that, after a thorough investigation, they could confirm that no Ferrari intellectual property has been used in their cars, and that no other member of their team had received the information.

"Following our statement of 3rd July 2007, McLaren has completed a thorough investigation and can confirm that no Ferrari intellectual property has been passed to any other members of the team or incorporated into its cars," said the team in a statement.

McLaren also invited the FIA to conduct a full review of the cars.

"McLaren has in the meanwhile openly disclosed these matters to the FIA and Ferrari and sought to satisfy any concerns that have arisen from this matter," the statement added.

"In order to address some of the speculation McLaren has invited the FIA to conduct a full review of its cars to satisfy itself that the team has not benefited from any intellectual property of another competitor.

"No further comment will be made."

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