It is believed that McLaren team boss Ron Dennis was paid a visit this afternoon by the Italian authorities while debriefing from the qualifying session that saw his two cars lock out the front of the grid for tomorrows Grand Prix. The notice received by Dennis is an official warning that he will be investigated by criminal prosecutors into the alleged case of sporting fraud, industrial espionage and embezzlement.
It is also believed that McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh and Managing Director Jonathan Neale received the same notification. Mike Coughlan and two other employees of McLaren are due to receive their warnings at the teams headquarters in Woking later today. Ex-Ferrari employee and central to the saga, Nigel Stepney, is the final person involved to get one.
Those involved from McLaren have been advised to say nothing regarding the matter, but clearly the Stepneygate saga has turned into a criminal investigation that could lead to jail terms should these employee be found guilty. The meeting that will decide the fate of the British team regarding the championship will be held in Paris next Thursday, and understandably the team are nervous.
Unfortunately, whatever happens next week could not only affect the team, but also me and Fernando. Obviously we’re all concerned. Lewis Hamilton.
This article is speculative, and Dennis is quoted as saying that this hasn’t happened yet. However, he didn’t rule it out entirely, saying: “Maybe it’s going to happen, but it hasn’t yet.”