Having opted not to attend the second World Motor Sport Council hearing over the espionage row, Fernando Alonso still found himself summoned by a court as part of the lingering side-effects of the scandal.

The Spaniard - who was ushered into the courthouse via a backdoor - was interrogated for two hours by an Italian magistrate as part of Ferrari's Italian proceedings against disgraced former engineer Nigel Stepney, who the team alleges passed a dossier of technical information to McLaren designer Mike Coughlan. The WMSC hearing established e-mail and text communications between the pair, with Coughlan also shown to have discussed the information with Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa. The double world champion was apparently summoned to Modena as a witness and 'person in knowledge of the facts', and is not under investigation.

According to Reuters, magistrate Giuseppe Tibis has widened the investigation and is expected to call on other members of the McLaren team to provide testimony, although sources in Italy claim that Ron Dennis, Martin Whitmarsh, Paddy Lowe and Jonathan Neale could all find themselves in the dock after being informed at Monza that they too were being investigated in relation to the case.

 

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