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Stepney sentenced over spygate saga

Nigel Stepney sentenced over F1 spying saga
Disgraced former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney has been handed a jail term over the 2007 F1 spygate scandal after entering a plea bargain with an Italian court – but is unlikely to spend any time behind bars.

Stepney was dismissed by the team after it was found that he had passed confidential information about Ferrari's car to McLaren engineer Mike Coughlan.

Both lost their jobs over the scandal while McLaren was also fined $100 million by the FIA and was excluded from the constructors' championship.

Ferrari launched criminal proceedings against Stepney before the spygate scandal actually broke as he was also accused of attempting to sabotage the teams cars, with a mysterious white powder being found around the fuel cap of both cars in Monaco and also in the pocket of Stepney's trousers – although the man himself insisted he had been set up.

According to Reuters, quoting local media reports, Stepney was handed a 20 month jail term by a court in Sassuolo near Ferrari's Maranello base and was also fined 600 Euro.

Thanks to the plea bargain entered by Stepney's legal team, he is unlikely to serve any time in prison over the scandal.

Stepney is now working with the Sumo Power GT team in the FIA GT1 World Championship.


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richard

September 30, 2010 12:21 PM
Last Edited 2259 days ago

neil. why on earth would ferrari be fined? this was a criminal case taken by ferrari against stepney, for sabotage. stepney, also as a disgruntled employee, stole the ferrari data and passed it to coughlan, as they were trying to set up a team of their own. coughlan then reneged on the deal he had with stepney, and passed the info around mclaren, who used it to their adantage.

richard

September 30, 2010 1:44 PM

johnny rotten. where on earth did you dig that comment from? ALL teams have info an all other teams. "it is well known in the f1 paddock" that mclaren have more info than anyone else. "it is well known in the f1 paddock" that virgin have more info than anyone else. etc. etc. from your comment, i take it that you are a member of some teams pit crew?



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