McLaren suspend Ryan over exclusion

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″.

Read more: Lewis Hamilton excluded from Australian Grand Prix, Trulli third

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33 comments on McLaren suspend Ryan over exclusion

  1. It’s a rather sad situation. Ron Dennis wants McLaren to be a fair and honest team. And I have always had faith in that, simply because most of the time they’ve been exactly that. But the 2007 spy scandal and now this issue have seriously scarred that image, from my point of view.

  2. Stanzo said on 3rd April 2009, 12:09

    I am not surprised by the fact that McLaren/Lewis have lied to the staewards. As several people already pointed out, Schumi lied/was suspected of lying enough in the past.
    The difference here is the evidence is there to prove McLaren/Lewis are lying. Schumi/Ferrari were smart enough to cover their tracks. Don’t lie if there is evidence proving you’re lying :-)

  3. Kutigz said on 3rd April 2009, 12:38

    People, this is F1 where every team tries to outsmart one another. It can be in techs, mechs and even lies!
    F1 is business, and the shrewd businessman get ahead at all cost!

  4. Armando666 said on 3rd April 2009, 12:44

    sorry to be a bit slow =)

    where is james allen’s blog? ?

  5. Luigismen said on 3rd April 2009, 19:03

    This is all Trullis fault, if he had stay on track everybody would be happy witht heir points

  6. Luigismen said on 3rd April 2009, 19:14


  7. David said on 4th April 2009, 4:21

    Ryan, I think, won’t be the end. Expect Whitmarsh to resign within the week, I think. There’s stuff brewing and you can be sure FIA won’t let it go.

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