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Spygate engineer handed prison sentence

ESPNF1 Staff
September 30, 2010 « Heidfeld confident he will stay in F1 next year | »

Former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney, who was at the centre of the Spygate scandal in 2007, has been hit with an eight-month prison sentence and a £500 fine by an Italian court, although he is highly unlikely to serve any time.

Stepney was accused of passing Ferrari data to the McLaren team - it was fined £50 million by the FIA - as well as sabotaging Kimi Raikkonen's car at the Monaco GP. He did not admit guilt but entered into a plea-bargain arrangement.

"We're satisfied, even if my client has always denied sabotage," his lawyer was reported as saying by the Italian media. "We have to thank the prosecutor for agreeing to a plea bargain. Initially the sentence was much higher."

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