The following was issued by Coyle White Devine at 09.55 today.
"Solicitors Coyle White Devine have been retained by Mr Nigel Stepney, formerly employed by the Ferrari F1 motor racing team as Head of Team Performance Development.
"Despite having to endure months of unfounded allegations, Mr Stepney has maintained a dignified silence, secure in the knowledge that he would, one day, be able to explain his position and offer a perspective based on more than 30 years as a Formula I ‘insider'. He was ready to do this at the FIA disciplinary hearing scheduled for Thursday 7th February in London.
"Unfortunately, the FIA's legal team was unable to attend this hearing, citing ‘flight difficulties' in Geneva as a reason. The hearing will now take place at some stage after 7th March 2008.
"Mr Stepney is very much looking forward to this postponed opportunity to put his side of the story in a legal environment, rather than continue to endure ill-informed allegations against him."