While it was common knowledge that Lewis Hamilton and Pedro de la Rosa took the stand at last week's now infamous World Motor Sport Council hearing in Paris, it only emerged at the weekend that former McLaren pilot Kimi Raikkonen also gave evidence.

The full transcript of what took place at FIA headquarters on the Place de la Concorde is expected at some point this week, but Ferrari boss Jean Todt confirmed that his lead driver took time out of his preparations for Spa-Francorchamps to speak at the hearing, which resulted in McLaren being stripped of all its constructors' championship points and handed a $100 million fine for its part in the espionage scandal engulfing both of Formula One's top teams.

Raikkonen was apparently used to counter a claim from McLaren that Ferrari had hacked into its radio conversations as the Woking team attempted to drag itself out of the mire caused, initially, by chief designer Mike Coughlan accepting a dossier of technical information from disaffected Ferrari employee Nigel Stepney.

The Finn testified that the practice had also been common practice at McLaren during his years with the British team, apparently ending the 'I know where the bodies are buried' threat from Stepney to expose secrets about the Scuderia.

"Kimi made a witness statement about radio communications from his former team," Ferrari team boss Jean Todt confirmed to Reuters in Belgium, "I have read so much about the 'skeleton in the closet' for Ferrari, the big surprise about what might have happened over the last ten years. The skeleton which was submitted was radio communication.

"I have to admit that we listen to certain car radios, [but] Kimi testified that it was a common practice in his former team from 2002 to 2006. When our lawyer asked one of [McLaren's] witnesses if it was true that they listened to the [other teams'] radio, the reply was in the affirmative."

Raikkonen ended his association with Mclaren at the end of the 2006 season, moving to Ferrari to replace the retiring Michael Schumacher. His relationship with team boss Ron Dennis was a frosty one towards the end, with the team unhappy with the Finn's attitude and commitment - Raikkonen is notorious for leaving circuits well before the debrief process has been completed - and his social activities, which led to the Finn appearing in the media for some less than salubrious reasons.

 

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