Ferrari say accused engineer not joining them

Wed Dec 9, 2015 5:45am EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - A Mercedes engineer who has been accused by the Formula One world champions of data theft will not be joining Ferrari and never had a contract with them, the Italian team said on Wednesday.

"There were talks but nothing led to a formal contract. He's not even going to join us in the foreseeable future," a spokesman said.

"It's not true that he was on the verge of joining us. What he did concerns only him and the company he was working for," he added. "We are not involved in this."

Mercedes, the dominant team in Formula One for the past two seasons, confirmed on Tuesday that they were taking action against a senior engineer who had taken confidential technical information from them.

Court documents indicated Benjamin Hoyle was intending to join Ferrari.

"A legal action is underway involving Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) Limited and an employee who is due to leave the company at the end of the year," a Mercedes team spokesman had said.

"The company has taken the appropriate legal steps to protect its intellectual property."

HPP design, build and supply the team's power units.   Continued...