xpensive wrote:And I thought that I was a conspiracy-theorist?
The way I understand things, a disgruntled staff-member of Ferrari (Stepney) gave certain paper-drawings to an old friend (Coughlan), thinking they could do something together with it....
Yeah.. but the facts and probability of what really happened don't paint it so simply. Stepney wanted to leave Ferrari - after being jilter for a promotion - so he sets about trying to approach another team(s) to get on-board. He's known Coulghan for years who it seems was also thinking about moving on... they meet with a team, Honda, but nothing comes of it.
Somehow during this time he sends Coulghan some info either to show he did in fact have access to it OR
to give some sort of advantage to McLaren. So, now he's gone from wanting to move to another team to actually trying to scuttle his employer?
Around this time the Ferrari white powder thing happened also - or was it long after the team suspected Stepney of being up to something? If not - why.. If so, how was he still able to access info? Tracking info and keeping tabs on someone while they're inside your facilities is so easy it isn't funny. If they did, they'd have made a court case of this already.... funnily they haven't. Why not? Why did they make out he'd disappeared to Thailand when it was shown he'd booked his trip through the company travel office?
How come when Stepney threatened to tell his story of what really went on at Ferrari (about god knows what?) Ferrari seemed to be quiet in their public comments about him pretty quickly - as did the FIA. As with most of the public statements Stepney made throughout the entire saga pretty much none of them have been refuted by anyone (E.g. the white powder/overalls thing, the thailand trip bookings etc). Either he is batshit insane or he is actually right about some of this stuff.
Ferrari were very economical with details/info in this saga... almost as if they were worried something would come back to bite them. If so, what? Initial reports did claim that Coulghan had supplied Stepney with info as well (in a swap perhaps).. but that story never got any traction. What if this is what keeps Ferrari from pursuing Stepney?
McLaren also - once Coulghan was suspected how on earth did he think all of the texts he received/sent wouldn't get noticed eventually?
There is a lot we don't know and Mosely's recent comments seem almost as a public warning to McLaren and others at Ferrari who may have been involved... But why now? F1 doesn't want this story to be a topic ever again as pretty evident in their 'lets move on' actions to wrap this whole thing up in 07.
Or, is he just being a wanker and trying to tar Dennis as the ringmaster in it?
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