McLaren have confirmed the suspension of sporting director Dave Ryan following Lewis Hamilton’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.
Ryan was present at both the hearings following the Malaysian Grand Prix into the Hamilton-Trulli incident.
According to BBC Radio, Ryan was seen being summoned down from the pit wall during free practice at Sepang this morning and left the circuit later.
Martin Whitmarsh, who is in his second race in charge at McLaren having taken over from Ron Dennis, said:
His role in the events of last Sunday, particularly his dealings with the FIA stewards, has caused serious repercussions for the team, for which we apologise. Therefore, I suspended him this morning and he has accepted this.
Ryan, who was born in New Zealand, joined McLaren in 1974 and became chief mechanic for the team in 1982. He was promoted to sporting director last year. McLaren’s biography of Ryan described him as “the team’s conduit to the wider world of Formula 1”.