Mercedes AMG have filed a lawsuit against one of its former engineers, Benjamin Hoyle who is set to join Ferrari.
The lawsuit claims Hoyle has taken confidential data and documents in preparation of his move to Ferrari at the end of December. The lawsuit claims that Hoyle searched for and saved files, mileage and damage data relating to Mercedes’ F1 engines.
The data and files reportedly copied and taken would give Ferrari an insight into the inner workings of the Mercedes AMG power unit.
"Actions were calculated to destroy or seriously damage the relationship of trust.
"Mr. Hoyle and potentially Ferrari have gained an unlawful advantage," said Mercedes.
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Hoyle made Mercedes AMG aware that he intended to leave the team on May 21, 2014, at the end of his contract. Not long after this, Mercedes found out that Hoyles intended to join Ferrari following the conclusion of his contract.
As a precaution, Mercedes reassigned Hoyle to jobs unrelated to the F1 side of the team, with all data being removed from his laptop. Despite the prosecutions in place and the understanding that he was to have no contact with F1 material, it is claimed in the lawsuit that Hoyle was found looking at race reports and copied confidential data.
In the lawsuit, Mercedes AMG has asked that Hoyle is banned from joining any other Formula One team until the end of the 2016 season. They have also requested that all documents and data stolen are returned to them.
This lawsuit could have significant implications for Ferrari if they are found to have been aware of Hoyle's actions.
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