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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

McLaren receives a special invitation

As expected, Mclaren have been “invited” to appear before an extraordinary meeting of the World Motor Sport Council to explain its actions following the Australian Grand Prix.

The hearing is slated for April 29.

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McLaren responded by saying it “welcomed” the opportunity to “work with the FIA in the best interests of Formula 1,” also confirming it had parted company with sporting director Dave Ryan, a veteran who had been with the team since 1974.

“This afternoon McLaren and its former sporting director, Dave Ryan, have formally parted company. As a result, he is no longer an employee of any of the constituent companies of the McLaren Group,” the team said on its Web site.

Ryan was suspended last weekend after it was revealed he and driver Lewis Hamilton had given “misleading” evidence to Australian Grand Prix stewards involving Hamilton’s actions regarding Jarno Trulli during the safety car period.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh believes Hamilton was influenced by Ryan to give false information.

“I believe that whilst they were at the stewards, Davey – who had been party to what had happened at Spa (where Hamilton was stripped of his win) – was highly sensitive and in the heat of the moment his judgment was to not give a true account. I think Lewis was then led by that.” -- ITV-F1

Did Schumi make Kimi’s tire call?

A post race report by the BBC, later echoed in the German and Italian press, reports Michael Schumacher was the man behind the decision to put Kimi Raikkonen on wets, a decision that proved to be premature and threw away any chance the Finn had to score points in Sunday’s rain-shortened race.

This just a day after Schumacher was thrown under the bus by practiced finger pointer Niki Lauda, who blamed the seven-times world champion for not alerting the team to the miscalculation that led to Felipe Massa missing the cut in Q1.

No surprise, these charges have been trashed by manager Willi Weber as “idiotic.” Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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