Fines levied by an Italian court against McLaren engineers this week were no surprise to the Mercedes-powered team, a spokesman insists.

Fines levied by an Italian court against McLaren engineers this week were no surprise to the Mercedes-powered team, a spokesman insists.

It emerged on Monday that, at the protracted end of the 2007 Ferrari 'spy saga', McLaren's Rod Taylor, Jonathan Neale and Paddy Lowe were ordered to pay 150,000 euros apiece by the Modena court, while sacked designer Mike Coughlan was fined 180,000.

"The proceedings in Italy were merely the officialising of what had been proposed long before, namely the 'nolo contendere' agreement," the team spokesman said from Woking.

'Nolo contendere' means 'no contest', where a defendant neither admits nor disputes the charge but accepts the effect of a guilty plea.

The McLaren spokesman added: "A line has finally been drawn under this matter."

It is reported that McLaren will almost certainly pay the engineers' fines, with the possible exception of Coughlan.

 

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