Former Toyota designer Gustav Brunner may face a court appearance if Germany's prosecution service believes he is culpable of involvement in the ongoing saga of ideas and software allegedly stolen from Formula One rival Ferrari.

Sources in Germany suggest that Brunner, who was released from his Toyota contract late last year, could have used the stolen software to design the Cologne-based team's 2003 and 2004 cars. Brunner is not thought to have been involved in the theft itself - for which three Italian former Ferrari employees are currently facing prosecution
in their homeland - but may be guilty of using information procured.

According to, the prosecutors will now decide whether there is a case to be answered before recommending that it be brought to court, although the matter is clouded by the fact that a separate trial is planned in Italy, where Angelo Santini and Mauro Iacconi have been formally indicted on charges of theft.



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