The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team have brought legal action against one of their employees who has been accused of stealing confidential information from the world champions ahead of a proposed move to Ferrari.
In papers filled by the Mercedes High Performance Powertrains for whom the employee in question, Benjamin Hoyle is accused of copying hard copy confidential documents relating to their Formula One operation such as race reports and power unit damage reports between dates in April this year and September 24 this year.
Hoyle was informed on April 16 via letter and verbally that he was going to be reassigned to non Formula One related activity within the HPP operation specifically to their DTM project however a subsequent forensic investigation carried out on behalf of Mercedes AMG F1 found that sensitive information relating to their Formula One operation was found on Hoyle’s newly issued work laptop.
Hoyle had informed the Silver Arrows of his intention to leave the team at the end of this year however the team became aware that he would be joining Ferrari in January 2016.
The injunction sought by Mercedes is to prevent Hoyle from joining Ferrari until the conclusion of the 2016 season and also to prevent him from using the information. The team are seeking that Hoyle pay for the investigation into his activities.
Mercedes have confirmed that the appropriate steps to protect it’s intellectual property. In a statement the company stated:
Legal action is underway involving Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains Ltd and an employee,