The Mercedes Formula 1 engineer facing legal action over an alleged data theft will not be joining Ferrari, according to reports.
Earlier this week, a report from Bloomberg revealed that Benjamin Hoyle was being sued by Mercedes after he was found to have looked to find saved files, engine data and other code following this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hoyle informed Mercedes in the first half of 2014 that he planned to leave the team at the end of his contract on December 31 2015, and was reported to be in talks with Ferrari.
Although Ferrari has confirmed to a number of outlets including Reuters that there was contact with Hoyle over a possible role at the team, no contract was agreed or in place.
“There were talks but nothing led to a formal contract. He’s not even going to join us in the foreseeable future,” a spokesman from Ferrari told 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. We are not involved in this.”