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Suspended three-race ban for McLaren

Posted by éndér_48 on Çarşamba, Nisan 29, 2009 No comments

McLaren has been handed a suspended three-race ban by the World Motor Sport Council as its punishment for lying to race stewards in Australia and Malaysia.

An extraordinary general meeting of the FIA's WMSC convened on Wednesday to discuss the controversy after Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's former sporting director Dave Ryan were found to have provided deliberately misleading evidence to stewards.

The Woking squad's team boss Martin Whitmarsh appeared alone at the Paris hearing and the FIA said he admitted all five counts on which the team was charged with for bringing Formula 1 into disrepute.

However, the WMSC said it had opted against a more severe sentence after being satisfied that there had been a "change in culture" at the team since it was engulfed by the controversy.

The FIA added that the three-race ban would only be activited if the team breached the sporting code again over the next 12 months or fresh evidence connected to the case emerged.

“Having regard to the open and honest way in which McLaren Team Principal, Mr Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC and the change in culture which he made clear has taken place in his organisation, the WMSC decided to suspend the application of the penalty it deems appropriate," an FIA statement said.

“That penalty is a suspension of the team from three races of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

"This will only be applied if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team of article 151c of the International Sporting Code.”

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