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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Suspended sentence for McLaren

McLaren have been handed a three race ban by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council for bringing the sport into disrepute, but the ban has been suspended for good behavior.

Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix: Practice

The team was found to have misled race stewards at the Australian Grand Prix, but due to "the open and honest way in which McLaren Team Principal, Mr Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC" and actions McLaren have taken since, the FIA has chosen to give the team a reprieve.

All in all, a good decision. It shows the FIA have teeth, but doesn't further monkey with what has proven to be an interesting championship. McLaren have made changes, at the cost of a seasoned veteran's job, and have suffered enough for what honestly looks to have been a dumb mistake, rather than a culture of lying. Let's get back to racing.

Read the full FIA statement.

Plus, grandprix.com goes in-depth on those Donington rumors... and it is also being reported movement toward an agreement has been made regarding an increased budget cap for 2010 and beyond, though nothing official has been released.


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