Mercedes has clarified the situation regarding alleged gathering of information by an employee of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, who was linked to a move to Ferrari.
Mercedes is pursuing legal action against Benjamin Hoyle, who has worked at the company since 2012, claiming that he acquired confidential information from the outfit's data systems.
Hoyle was tipped to move to Ferrari but this has been denied by the Italian team and Mercedes has now backed its rivals.
"There are ongoing internal investigations, regarding confidential information being removed from Mercedes by Mr. Hoyle, in order to protect against potential damage to both Mercedes and any company which could potentially receive such information," read a statement issued by Mercedes.
"Mercedes will continue with these investigations until it can conclude that all the confidential information is recovered, which is anticipated to take a further 2-4 months.
"The investigation has shown no reason to believe that the information has been transferred to Ferrari nor have any of the court documents made any allegation regarding any inappropriate conduct by Ferrari.
"Mercedes will continue to protect its interests, including carrying on the legal proceedings against Mr. Hoyle, and continue to protect against potential inappropriate transfer of confidential information within the motorsport industry."