No reason he couldnt have possibly also helped Renault
Ferrari has now fired engineering veteran Nigel Stepney, as speculation of sabotage and espionage continues to swell.
The Italian daily La Gazzetta dello Sport broke the news on Tuesday, following an internal investigation by the famous team and the commencement of legal proceedings against the 48-year-old Briton.
Stepney is due to return to Italy on Thursday from a holiday in the Philippines, and - having denied all wrongdoing - the latest suggestion is that he plans to return fire by suing Ferrari.
"I can confirm that Nigel Stepney is no longer an employee of Ferrari," team spokesman Luca Colajanni confirmed.
The McLaren formula one team yesterday suspended their chief designer, Mike Coughlan, following allegations from their rivals Ferrari that he had illegally received high-level technical information from the Italian team.
McLaren took action after Ferrari yesterday sacked their former race and test team manager, Nigel Stepney, after an internal investigation and claimed they had proof that "a McLaren employee" had been supplied crucial data by Stepney.
In a search carried out at the 48-year-old Coughlan's house near McLaren's headquarters in Surrey yesterday, documents belonging to Ferrari were allegedly discovered, immediately leading to the decision by McLaren to suspend him.
A criminal investigation has been launched against Stepney in Italy after Ferrari filed a formal complaint with the Modena district attorney.