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FIA issues warning regards Stepney

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08/03/2008

The FIA has issued a recommendation that teams should not seek to work with former Ferrari Chief Engineer Nigel Stepney, the man who is alleged to have kick-started the spy saga that dominated much of the 2007 F1 season and which is still being investigated by the Italian police.

The recommendation reads as follows:

"In its investigations of last year regarding the unauthorised use of intellectual property within Formula One, the FIA heard allegations that Mr. Nigel Stepney, then employed by Ferrari, had passed confidential Ferrari information to an employee of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. Mr. Stepney has admitted this allegation and apologised to the FIA, though he disputes the seriousness and extent of his involvement.

As Mr. Stepney is not a licence-holder of the FIA, no formal action may be taken against him under the International Sporting Code (though the FIA is co-operating with the Italian police, who are investigating Mr. Stepney's actions). As a matter of good order, the FIA recommends to its licensees that they do not professionally collaborate with Mr. Stepney without conducting appropriate due diligence regarding his suitability for involvement in international motor sport. This recommendation stands until 1 July 2009."

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