McLaren could face legal charges in Italy after magistrates there informed the team that they are under investigation as the spy row currently engulfing the sport rumbles on and on.

According to reports by BBC Sport Online the team were paid a visit by court officials from Modena on Saturday following their domination of qualifying, in which Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row of the grid, easily getting the better of key rivals, Ferrari.

"The team was informed on Saturday evening that they are involved in an ongoing investigation," a spokeswoman for the Woking-based outfit confirmed at Monza.

Italian media meanwhile, according to Reuters, have speculated that seven people are due to receive an 'avviso di garanzia' from the prosecutor, a legal notification that the person is suspected of a crime and is being investigated.

ANSA news agency has reported that team boss Ron Dennis is one of the seven, along with McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh, as well as suspended McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan and former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney.

The investigations follow the discovery back in July that Coughlan had in his possession a secret Ferrari technical dossier, which the Scuderia believe was passed on to him by Stepney, something he has always categorically denied.

McLaren meanwhile will appear before the World Motor Sport Council for a second time this coming week, after new evidence emerged with regard to the spying saga.

 

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