Having been summoned to appear in front of the World Motor Sport Council, Renault has issued a lengthy statement to clarify its position in the latest twist to the Formula 1 spying saga.

In the statement, the Enstone-based outfit confirms that a team member - engineer Phil Mackereth - was in possession of information from McLaren, who he left to join the regie in September 2006.

More than twelve months later, in September this year, senior officials within the team discovered that Mackereth had brought information with him from Woking - including McLaren engineering drawings and some technical spreadsheets - which were loaded onto his personal directory on the Renault F1 Team file system, without the knowledge of any authority figures within the team.

Once the technical management within the team discovered that situation, the information was cleansed from the team's computer systems and a full investigation started. Mackereth was also suspended from his post and both McLaren and the FIA were informed. The floppy discs containing the data were sent to Renault team solicitors to then be returned to McLaren.

Although admitting that there was McLaren information within the team, the statement added that it had not been used in the design of Renault's race car.

"Our formal investigation showed that early in his employment with Renault, Mr Mackereth made some of our engineers aware of parts of this information in the form of a few reduced scale engineering drawings," the statement read. "These drawings covered four basic systems as used by McLaren and were: the internal layout of the fuel tank, the basic layout of the gear clusters, a tuned mass damper and a suspension damper.

"Subsequent witness statements from the engineers involved have categorically stated that having been briefly shown these drawings, none of this information was used to influence design decisions relating to the Renault car.

"In the particular case of the tuned mass damper, these had already been deemed illegal by the FIA and therefore the drawing was of no value. The suspension damper drawing hinted that the McLaren design might be similarly considered illegal and a subsequent clarification from the FIA confirmed this based upon our crude interpretation of the concept."

The statement added that Renault is prepared to let independent experts from McLaren assess its computer systems and inspect its race cars to show that no McLaren designs have been used and said the team was confident that it would be cleared when the WMSC meets next month.

To read the statement in full, CLICK HERE.

 

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