Following on from the news that the Formula 1 'spy row' is to go to the Court of Appeal, Ferrari has confirmed that it will continue with its own ongoing legal action related to both that issue, and claims of sabotage within the squad.

The team is currently taking action against former employee Nigel Stepney on two counts, one relating to a white powder found in the cars of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa prior to the Monaco Grand Prix and one relating to the technical documents that were taken from the team and ended up in the hands of McLaren designer Mike Coughlan.

After a meeting of the Ferrari board at Maranello yesterday [Tuesday], CEO Jean Todt has now been given full authority to continue the current ongoing legal action, while Ferrari seeks to ensure that it puts it side of the 'spy row' to the FIA during the appeal hearing which is expected to be heard later in the month.

"Today [Tuesday], in Maranello, the Ferrari S.p.a. Board of Administration met to deliberate about the legal actions taken in the last weeks by the Gestione Sportiva," a statement issued by the Scuderia read. "The Board has ratified what happened until now, which is the action taken against Nigel Stepney over the fact of the powder found around the refuelling aperture on the F1 cars during the Monaco Grand Prix tests. The submission of another legal action against Stepney concerning the theft of technical informations, the civil action presented to The High Court of London against Mike Coughlan, chief designer of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, and his wife, concerning the theft of the aforementioned documents.

"The Board took note of the FIA World Council's decision of 26th of July and of today's decision from the FIA President, Max Mosley, to refer this matter to a hearing of the FIA Court of Appeal, where Ferrari, as the injured party of the incident, will be accorded all the rights to which they are entitled in a trial, which was not the case at the World Council meeting.

"The Board gives its full authority to the Board of Administration's President, to the CEO, and to the Managing Director to initiate and continue any necessary legal action, in the name of the Company, in addiction to those legal actions already underway in every legal, civil, criminal, administrative, sporting jurisdiction be it, in Italy or abroad."



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