Formula 1 – Stepneygate – More Rumours


As the title suggests, all we have are rumours and rumours only. But this, from grandprix.com points into new direction:

The suggestion is that the damning evidence against McLaren is a series of e-mails between Fernando Alonso and McLaren ‘s test driver Pedro de la Rosa, from which it is clear that information that originated from Ferrari was used to help McLaren with its set-up. There is nothing to back up these rumours because the FIA continues to refuse to say anything on the subject. It is a suggestion that could have some validity. De la Rosa has worked closely with Mike Coughlan at Arrows and at McLaren and so the two men have had strong links in the past.


Then it goes further on the link between Coughlan and Stepney:

The suggestion is that the investigation led the Italian authorities to work with the Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni, which exists to combat electronic crimes such as credit card fraud and paedophilia rings. The organisation also has access to data transmissions such as e-mails and SMS text messages and the Italians are saying that this means that the police have full transcripts of all such activity between Coughlan and Stepney and a log of the dates and times of phone calls. It is unlikely that there are any recordings of phone conversations. If this evidence does not fit in with what was presented to the World Council in July this may also undermine the McLaren case. At the same time it may also cause problems for Coughlan because if there is evidence revealed that was not in his affidavit in Britain he is likely to be in very serious trouble and could even go to jail for contempt of court.

Repeat again, these all rumours and speculations. But in the past these speculations and rumours published on grandprix.com quite often turned out to be true, at least to some extent.

What is the reason for concern is the very tame reaction from McLaren on all this. When the first allegations came to light several weeks ago, McLaren came out in full power to deny and defend and counterattack. Their reaction now:

“McLaren Racing has been made aware that new evidence has been presented to the FIA as part of their on-going investigation,” said the team in a statement.

“As a result we have been informed that the Court of Appeal Hearing scheduled for the 13th September in Paris will now comprise a meeting of the WMSC.

“McLaren will continue to co-operate fully with the FIA.”

Hm…

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