Ferrari’s only comment on the matter was: “Ferrari have taken action against Nigel Stepney, and there is now an investigation.”
The Briton has been with the team since 1992 and was part of the team that helped turn around Ferrari’s flagging fortune of the early 1990s and turn it into the dominant force of this decade.
Stepney remains an employee of Ferrari, although he is currently on vacation and has not responded to the news. However there were strong rumours of Stepney’s discontent at the team last year following the departure of Ross Brawn.
In April former Ferrari employees Mauro Iacconi and Angelo Santini were found guilty of industrial espionage. A Modena court claimed they had obtained unauthorised access to Ferrari’s computer system.
Update @ 22:21, 21/6/07: Reuters has a quote from a Ferrari spokesperson that says: “It is not related to any event, it is related to his behaviour.” Those who can speak Italian can read more here.
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