Journalist admits Alonso-de la Rosa email fake

Mon, 10 September 2007, 01:29

A journalist has admitted that he invented the contents of the supposed email that may be part of FIA’s ‘new evidence’ against McLaren.

As the espionage saga scaled new heights in the Monza paddock, La Gazzetta dello Sport published this exchange between Pedro de la Rosa and Fernando Alonso: “Do you know that I’ve found out how Ferrari is able to get its tires to work to perfection?” de la Rosa said.

“Nigel Stepney told Mike Coughlan.”

“I don’t believe it,” Alonso replied.

But Italian journalist Pino Allievi has now confessed to concocting the exchange in order to make his article about the existence of the email “more credible”.

“I made a free interpretation of what might have been said in the email,” he told AP, insisting that the hypothetical nature of the drivers’ dialogue was mentioned on his article published on Friday.

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