McLaren has issued a new statement denying that anyone other than suspended chief designer, Mike Coughlan knew about the stolen Ferrari dossier prior to 3 July.

According to reports in the press, Coughlan has confirmed that a number of people at the Woking-based outfit were aware that he had the documents from the Scuderia, something that has apparently come to light following the 'confidential affidavit' that he handed over to Ferrari's lawyers in London last week.

A new statement from the Woking-based outfit, issued on 16 July, reiterates that such stories are wrong and that Coughlan acted alone.

McLaren also added that it looks forward to presenting 'the complete and accurate picture of events in the appropriate forum' later this month, when they attend the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris four days after this Sunday's European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

"McLaren is concerned that erroneous speculation has arisen from inaccurate and misleading reference to the contents of confidential legal papers filed at court in response to Ferrari's UK action to recover its intellectual property," read the statement. "This is unfortunate and is prejudicial to a fair interpretation of these matters.

"McLaren can confirm from its own investigation that no Ferrari materials or data are, or have ever been, in the possession of any McLaren employee other than the individual sued by Ferrari. The fact that he held, at his home, unsolicited materials from Ferrari was not known to any other member of the team prior to the 3 July 2007.

"Furthermore, McLaren has categorically established that no Ferrari information has, at any stage, been used to develop its car.

"McLaren looks forward to having the opportunity to present the complete and accurate picture of events in the appropriate forum, that is before the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on 26 July 2007."

 

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