McLaren-Mercedes suspend sporting director 

Written by David on April 03rd, 2009 at 10:10 amLast Update: April 03rd, 2009 at 10:10 am

Following the FIA stewards decision to disqualify Lewis Hamilton and the McLaren-Mercedes team from last week’s Australian Grand Prix over the incident with Jarno Trulli, Dave Ryan, McLaren’s sporting director has been suspended from his position.

Ryan, was the man that represented the Mercedes-powered team in the post race hearing at Albert Park last week.

McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh confirmed Ryan’s suspension during the FIA press conference. “In my 20-odd years working for McLaren, I doubt if I’ve met a more dedicated individual than Davey,” he said. “He’s been an integral part of McLaren since 1974 and has played a crucial role in the team’s many world championship successes since that time. However, 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.”

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