FIA publishes e-mails in McLaren spy case

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SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, Sep 14 (Reuters) Formula One's governing body published e-mails between McLaren drivers today that it said proved the team had made use of information leaked from title rivals Ferrari.

McLaren were stripped of their 2007 constructors' points yesterday and fined a record 0 million after a hearing into a spying controversy.

The affair began in July when a 780-page dossier of Ferrari data was found at the home of now-suspended McLaren chief designer Mike Coughlan, who has been accused of receiving it from Ferrari's Nigel Stepney.

In a 15-page document released at the Belgian Grand Prix, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) said e-mailsshowed that test driver Pedro de la Rosa and fellow-Spaniard Fernando Alonso had been aware of the Ferrari data.

''All the information from Ferrari is very reliable. It comes from Nigel Stepney, their former chief mechanic -- I don't know what post he holds now,'' De la Rosa wrote to Alonso on March 25 in an exchange about the Ferrari's weight distribution.

''He's the same person who told us in Australia that Kimi (Raikkonen) was stopping in lap 18. He's very friendly with Mike Coughlan, our chief designer, and he told him that.'' REUTERS PDS AS2032

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