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Alonso submitted 'spy info'

2007-09-08 12:11
Monza - Two-time defending world champion Fernando Alonso has reportedly submitted evidence relating to the Ferrari spy scandal to Formula One's governing body, following its request that McLaren's drivers cooperate in the inquiry.

"I did only what had to be done," Alonso was quoted as saying in Saturday's edition of Italian news daily La Repubblica. "The highest body requested this from me."

FIA president Max Mosley sent a letter to Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and test driver Pedro De La Rosa on August 31, saying the sport's regulator had been told that "one or more McLaren drivers may be in possession ... of written evidence relevant to this investigation."

Mosley asked the three drivers to cooperate "in the interests of the sport and the championship" and offered them amnesty in return. Mosley also wrote that "serious consequences would follow" if they were later found to "have withheld any potentially relevant information."

Embroiled in a bitter dispute

"I informed (McLaren team boss) Ron (Dennis). He wasn't happy," Alonso said ahead of Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, according to La Repubblica. "I was obliged to respond because I am part of this world."

It was not immediately clear if Hamilton or Del La Rosa had responded to the letter, but Hamilton has said he was "oblivious" to the case.

McLaren and Ferrari are embroiled in a bitter dispute over alleged espionage and attempted sabotage after technical data about the Italian team's cars turned up in the possession of McLaren's chief designer.

An Italian newspaper said Friday that Dennis could face criminal charges in the case.

The dispute ignited in July when a 780-page technical dossier on Ferrari cars was found at the home of McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan. He was later suspended, while Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney, who allegedly supplied the documents, was fired.

Mosley also wrote a letter to the heads of all F1 teams -with the exception of McLaren and Ferrari - asking them if they had any information about the case, including e-mails, letters, text messages, drawings, and diagrams.

The World Motor Sport Council has scheduled a hearing on the case for September 13 after the FIA said Wednesday that "new evidence" had emerged.

It was not immediately clear if the new evidence included material from the McLaren drivers or from the heads of the other teams.

The council ruled in July that McLaren did possess secret Ferrari documents but did not punish the team because there was insufficient evidence the material was misused.

With five races left in the season, rookie Hamilton leads the drivers' standings with 84 points, followed by Alonso with 79. Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Raikkonen are third and fourth with 69 and 68 points.


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