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McLaren called before WMSC

McLaren has been called to appear before the FIA's World Motor Sport Council on April 29th for an extraordinary meeting to answer charges that it 'deliberately misled' stewards at the Australian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton was thrown out of the results when it was discovered that McLaren had not provided stewards with the full evidence when deciding whether Jarno Trulli had unlawfully overtaken him during the late safety car period in Melbourne.

However, the FIA will now decide whether McLaren will face further punishment as a result of the incident, which could go as far as expulsion from the championship.

The team, which has already parted ways with sporting director Dave Ryan for his part in the 'scandal', has been ordered to appear in Paris to answer charges on the following counts, that:

- on 29 March, 2009, told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix that no instructions were given to Hamilton in Car No. 1 to allow Trulli in Car no. 9 to pass when both cars were behind the safety car, knowing this statement to be untrue;

- procured its driver Hamilton the current World Champion, to support and confirm this untrue statement to the stewards;

- although knowing that as a direct result of its untrue statement to the stewards, another driver and a rival team had been unfairly penalised, made no attempt to rectify the situation either by contacting the FIA or otherwise;

- on 2 April, 2009, at a second hearing before the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix, (meeting in Malaysia) made no attempt to correct the untrue statement of 29 March but, on the contrary, continued to maintain that the statement was true, despite being allowed to listen to a recording of the team instructing Hamilton to let Trulli past and despite being given more than one opportunity to correct its false statement;

- on 2 April, 2009, at the second stewards' hearing, procured its driver Hamilton to continue to assert the truth of the false statement given to the stewards on 29 March, while knowing that what he was saying to the stewards was not true.

The fall out from the furore has already provided the 2009 Formula 1 season with a talking point, with Hamilton himself calling a press conference at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang to apologise for the incident and to clarify his involvement in the allegations.

The hearing will take place on the Wednesday following the fourth round of the season in Bahrain.


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Emma

April 07, 2009 8:39 PM

As children, each and everyone of is taught something very simple, the difference between right and wrong. Any parent that doesn't teach that to their children, should be exterminated. Hamilton has no excuse, he lied, then when given the chance to set the record straight, he lied again. What does that make him, a liar. Anyone else in the team that went along with the lie, liars. Kick them out. The lot of them, ban them for life, including Hamilton. A disgrace to the human race. Oh by the way, I don't watch F1, but have to admit, it really is farcical this time around.

Boredwitless - Unregistered

April 07, 2009 11:13 PM

If you listen to the in car radio that the FIA released as evidence you'll notice that McClaren never asked LH to move over to let JT through they were trying to get clarification from Charlie Whiting. LH then retorts that he let JT through. So who's telling the truth and what is the charge? It just seems like a witch hunt to me ever since LH joined McClarens race team he's courted contraversy and the FIA/Ferrari/Bernie would like him in a red car. If they get to heavy I really believe Mercedes will leave F1 Immediately so no Brawn Force India Or McClaren. That will be fun.



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