Ecclestone Hints At McLaren Ban
Bernie Ecclestone has hinted in an interview with the British newspaper The Daily Express that the McLaren team could gface bans from race events following “lie-gate”.
The team are embroiled in a row where it seems, Lewis Hamilton and David Ryan lied to race officials after the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton and Ryan lied about Jarno Trulli overtaking under yellow flags, when indeed Hamilton let the Italian driver past to claim back his 3rd position.
The FIA are distinctly unimpressed with McLaren who have been involved in multiple high exposure events, most notably the Spy-Gate scandal – only just put to bed – where McLaren recieved heavy fines and penalties.
“We need to investigate closer what went on. It is about stealing a point and a place but those are worth money so basically it is fraud, although I am sure it started off more innocently without thought of the consequences.” Ecclestone said
“There are many options open if the charge sticks and it would be a terrible thing if any team were banned from races. But it could happen.
“It is not so long ago that McLaren were in front of the Council and it is never good for anyone if you are back in court quickly for something similar.”