Coughlan apologises for involvement in ‘Spygate’
14 June 2011 – Mike Coughlan, one of two engineers involved in the infamous ‘Spygate’ espionage scandal of 2007, has gone on record apologising for his actions. Then working for McLaren, Coughlan received a full technical dossier from Ferrari’s Nigel Stepney relating to the Italian team’s car. The action resulted in a 100 million dollar fine for McLaren, with the team being removed from that year’s Constructors’ Championship.
“It was life-changing because it made me reflect upon myself and my actions,” Coughlan, who since May has acted as Chief Engineer for Williams, says in a Tuesday press release.
“Leaving a team and a sport that I love, and then seeing the consequences of my actions on the team and its fans, was devastating. All I can do now is work hard and try to earn my place back in Formula 1. This is what I am determined to do with Williams.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone who was affected by my conduct and in particular the people at McLaren and Ferrari and the fans of those teams. I sincerely regret my actions and I fully accepted the penalty given to me by the FIA. I can only hope that I can earn back everyone’s respect.”
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Interview with Williams' Mike Coughlan