McLaren boss Ron Dennis has vehemently denied any involvement in the News of the World investigation that led to lurid allegations about the private life of FIA president Max Mosley.
Dennis has been forced to make his position categorically clear following an apparent assertion on a Prague radio station made by Radovan Novak.
Novak is general secretary of the Czech Automobile Association and an ally and friend of Mosley, who is fighting to stay in office.
It is understood Novak has suggested the News of the World story may be linked to the spying scandal involving McLaren.
Dennis’ teams were fined US$100m (€64.5m) and stripped of all constructors’ points after they were found guilty of being in unauthorised possession of technical information belonging to bitter rivals Ferrari.
But in an unequivocal statement, Dennis said: “As I have consistently said whenever I have been asked about this, I categorically deny that I have anything to do with the News of the World investigation into Mr Mosley.
“Neither does anyone connected with the McLaren Group or the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team, and neither does any agent or any other party acting on my behalf or anyone connected with the McLaren Group or the team.”
Dennis will now be seeking an explanation from Novak, adding: “We are writing to Mr Novak and are currently considering the appropriate route via which the remarks that have been attributed to him may be withdrawn or corrected.”
Mosley faces an extraordinary hearing of the FIA’s general assembly in Paris on June 3 during which a vote of confidence will be taken.
The 68-year-old is also seeking unlimited damages from the Sunday tabloid, specifically objecting to a Nazi element in their articles he insists is “pure fabrication”.
His case is to be heard in July. The newspaper stand by their story.