Ferrari have denied reports that Mercedes engineer Benjamin Hoyle, who has been accused of data theft, will be joining them.
Hoyle, who works for Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) Limited, is the subject of a lawsuit after he was accused of stealing confidential data ahead of an expected move to competitors Ferrari.
The German manufacturer wants all the documents and information to be returned and they also wants Hoyle to be blocked from joining any of its Formula 1 competitors until the 2016 season is completed.
“Legal action is underway involving Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd. and an employee,” Mercedes told Bloomberg this week.
The statement added: “The company has taken the appropriate legal steps to protect its intellectual property.”
There were widespread reports that Hoyle was close to joining Ferrari, but the Scuderia have dismissed the claims.
“There were talks but nothing led to a formal contract. He’s not even going to join us in the foreseeable future,” a spokesperson is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“It’s not true that he was on the verge of joining us. What he did concerns only him and the company he was working for,” he added. “We are not involved in this.