F1: Hamilton's McLaren team handed suspended race ban at FIA hearing

PUBLISHED: 13:42 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:16 26 October 2009

LEWIS Hamilton will be able to drive in the Spanish Grand Prix next month after McLaren were handed a suspended race ban today (Wednesday) by the FIA. A special hearing of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris decided to give the F1 world champion s team

LEWIS Hamilton will be able to drive in the Spanish Grand Prix next month after McLaren were handed a suspended race ban today (Wednesday) by the FIA.

A special hearing of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris decided to give the F1 world champion's team a suspended three-race ban.

This follows the 'lying' scandal in which Herts racing hero Hamilton and McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan were accused of misleading stewards at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes admitted five charges of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code relating to events at the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix.

The FIA, the sport’s governing body, issued a statement praising the "open and honest" way in which McLaren had approached the hearing.

It said: “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.

“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.”

The full reasons for this decision will be issued shortly.


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