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Whitmarsh to have private Ferrari talks

Martin Whitmarsh says he will speak to Ferrari in private about the German Grand Prix
McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has refused to be drawn into making public comments on Ferrari's actions during the German Grand Prix after insisting he will speak to the team in private.

Ferrari was fined $100,000 and ordered to appear before the World Motor Sport Council after being found guilty of breaking the rules banning team orders and also of bringing the sport into disrepute after the incident that saw Felipe Massa hand the lead of the race to team-mate Fernando Alonso.

While there has been widespread condemnation of the team over its actions both during and after the race, Whitmarsh wouldn't be drawn into making his views public, only revealing that he would to the team to let them know his thoughts.

“I don't want to get drawn into it,” he was quoted by Setanta. “I have my own private views on it. They were quicker than us and they got a 1-2, but maybe in a different order from that which people may have thought was right.

“I will give my private views to Ferrari, but I don't want to go on record and express those views.”

Whitmarsh did however insist that team orders wouldn't come into play at McLaren, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button free to fight on track.

“I think having our drivers racing, in the longer term, is a healthy thing to do for this team,” he said. “That is my decision and that is what we want to do. Others do what they want to do, and it is for the FIA and Ferrari to determine what they think is right. We were racing our guys until the end of the race.”



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Hocuspokus - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 3:33 PM

No need to be so coy, you're all in this up to yopur necks it's just this wk/end's farce was as obvious as it gets. Why don't they just ditch the drivers championship and have a team one & end this nonsense? It's not 'sport' by any reasonable definition (as so many say, it'a a business). If they want to be seen as a sport and attract viewers (instead of turning them off in droves as they have been doing) they should ditch all the gadgets - and most importantly the radios. Dumping the radio would go a long way to stop the artificial outside controls and place things firmly back with the drivers.



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