Motor racing: Former Ferrari engineer sentenced

Former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney, who was accused of sabotage and leaking confidential data to McLaren in a 2007 Formula One spy scandal, has been given a jail sentence after a plea bargain. Local media reported that Stepney was sentenced on Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison and handed a 600 euro ($817) fine. Italy’s legal system means he is highly unlikely to serve any time in jail. “We are satisfied, even if my client has always denied sabotage,” his lawyer Sonia Bartolini was quoted as saying by the Gazzetta di Modena website after a hearing in Sassuolo, near Ferrari’s Maranello base. “We have to thank the prosecutor for agreeing to a plea bargain. Initially the sentence was much higher.” Briton Stepney was accused of passing technical Ferrari data to rivals McLaren and trying to damage Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s cars before the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix while still working for the team. (Reuters)

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