McLaren have said that they are 'completely confident' they will be exonerated should any charges be brought against the team by the Italian magistrates in Modena as part of the on-going spy row.

A statement from the Woking-based squad emphasised though that as yet no charges have been filed.

Indeed McLaren believe it is just part of a stunt to disrupt their preparations for this Sunday's Italian Grand Prix - and the World Motor Sport Council hearing this coming Thursday.

The full statement read:

"McLaren did receive some contact from the Italian authorities yesterday but was not charged with anything.

"We strongly suspect that the nature and timing of this wholly unnecessary contact, just before the start of qualifying, was to disrupt our preparation for this important session and Thursday's World Motor Sport Council hearing.

"McLaren is completely confident that were any proceedings of this type ever to be brought we would be completely exonerated."



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