Stepney denies the blame for F1 spying penalties

Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2008 , 10:01:41 byEmil

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Stepney denies the blame for F1 spying penalties

The sacked engineer at Ferrari, Nigel Stepney, who is largely blamed for triggering last year the espionage scandals, has denied the responsibility for all the penalties that McLaren suffered. Despite admitting he was the source of 780-page secret dossier that was found in the possession of Mike Coughlan, Stepney affirmed it was the suspended chief designer at McLaren who used improperly the information.

`I don`t feel responsible in any way at all for what happened at McLaren` Stepney, who previously was best known being Michael Schumacher`s ex chief engineer, told Sky Sports.

`My ideas were to make contact with somebody but not to benefit. It was to talk about and see what I could do somewhere else` he added, referring probably to his and Coughlan`s meetings with the bosses at Honda.

Stepney affirmed: `It got a bit sensitive and somebody used information more than I actually thought. It should never have been used in that, to that extreme`.

He suggested also that the entire story has yet to be unveiled. His autobiography, called `Red Mist`, will be published in July.

`There is a lot being said, but I think there is a lot underneath that hasn`t been said that should have been` said Stepney.

`It`s been dramatised for various other reasons, which we will have to go into at a later date`.

`Some stuff has been done politically. Some stuff should have been brought out probably in a different way`.

`I think I`ve got a lot of other more interesting opportunities (such as) going back into the grass roots of motor racing`.

`I think, at the end of this year or at the end of 2007, I was looking to get out of Ferrari anyway; whether it was going to be in formula one I wasn`t quite sure. I think formula one was going away from a direction I really wanted to go`.