New twist in F1 spy saga
The FIA are investigating claims that "one or more" of McLaren's drivers may have been in possession of information relevant to the spy saga.
The president of Formula One's world governing body Max Mosley last Friday wrote a letter to all Formula One team principals - including McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa - urging them to come forward with information to substantiate the allegations.
Due to the nature of whatever replies have been received, the FIA have chosen to reconvene the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris on September 13 to discuss the "new evidence".
McLaren were found guilty by the WMSC of fraudulent conduct at the initial hearing in July, namely being in possession of unauthorised documents belonging to Ferrari.
But due to insufficient evidence they avoided any sanctions, to the outrage of Ferrari.
If the allegations were to be proven, it is possible McLaren could be expelled from this year's championship, and that of 2008, so wrecking the title hopes of Hamilton and Alonso.
The letter from Mosley said: "As you will be aware the FIA has recently investigated whether, how and to what extent McLaren was in possession of confidential Ferrari technical information.
"The FIA has subsequently been made aware of an allegation that one or more McLaren drivers may be in possession, or that such drivers have recently been in possession of, written evidence relevant to this investigation.
"In the interests of the sport and the championship, it is important that the FIA, as the regulator, establish unequivocally and rapidly whether or not this allegation has any basis in fact.
"The FIA, therefore, formally request that you produce copies of any documents which involve, relate to or went sent by or to any McLaren driver, which may be in your possession or power of procurement and which may be relevant to this case.
"For these purposes documents includes all written material such as emails, letters, electronic communications, text messages, notes and memoranda, drawings, diagrams, data or other material stored in any physical hard copy or electronic form.
"In particular, though without limiting the generality of this request, the FIA wishes to receive copies of any electronic communications howsoever conveyed or stored which may be relevant to this case, and which make reference to Ferrari, Nigel Stepney or any technical or other information coming from, or connected with, either Ferrari or Mr Stepney.
"In the event that you are aware of the existence, or previous existence, of any document falling within the above description, but are not in a position to produce it, please describe the content of the document in question, the circumstances under which it came to your knowledge, and the reasons why you are unable to produce it.
"In the event that you are unsure as to whether any document falls within the above description, kindly submit it, or a description of it, and the FIA will assist in making a determination.
"You will appreciate that there is a duty on all of those involved in our sport to ensure the fairness and legitimacy of the Formula One world championship.
"It is therefore imperative that if you do have any such information, you make it available to us as soon as possible."
An FIA spokesman refused to elaborate, stating: "It would be inappropriate to comment on any of the new evidence ahead of the World Motor Sport Council hearing."
It has been reported the 'evidence' relates to an e-mail exchange between Alonso and test driver de la Rosa.
But when asked whether that was the case, Alonso said: "I am going to try to win the last five races of the season and of the other themes I am not going to talk about anything because it does not concern me.
"This is a lie."
Alonso was also asked by Spanish daily AS if he hoped this team would be sanctioned so he was free next year.
The 26-year-old reigning world champion issued a categorical denial, insisting: "No way.
"I believe that if they (the WMSC) sanction the team they sanction me. I am part of the team and we would share the same problem.
"We are here to win the world title for drivers and constructors.
"We are leading the two and there is no person in the team who thinks that they are going to sanction us or something is going to happen."
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