Following the launch of our latest Crash.net
Formula 1 poll at the end of last week regarding McLaren-Mercedes' upcoming appearance before the FIA World Motor Sport Council, you have voted in your thousands – and on balance, you believe that the team has already been punished enough over its Melbourne 'lies' indiscretion.
The multiple world championship-winning Woking-based outfit and its star driver, defending F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, were plunged into scandal and controversy when it was revealed that they had 'deliberately misled' Albert Park race stewards following a safety car incident involving Toyota's Jarno Trulli in the closing stages of the 2009 curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix last month.
That means they were in contravention of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and find themselves charged with bringing the sport into disrepute. Both Hamilton and McLaren will learn their ultimate fate when the WMSC meets in Paris tomorrow (Wednesday) to discuss the contentious matter, but whilst the governing body has it in its power to punish them with exclusion from the entire season for their misdemeanour, you reckon that would be somewhat harsh a move.
The full results of our poll as to what should happen to Hamilton and McLaren are as follows:
No penalty – Melbourne exclusion was enough 36.6%
Suspension from a number of grands prix 32.7%
A fine and a suspended sentence 14.3%
Disqualification from the 2009 season 8.3%
A penalty for team but not driver 6.4%