McLaren in the news – 1st May 2009

Award For Ex-McLaren F1 Boss Ron Dennis @ SKY News
Friday 1st May 2009
The former McLaren F1 boss, Ron Dennis, has been given a lifetime achievement award after a motor sport career lasting more than 40 years.

Dennis, who is widely seen as mentoring Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton, stepped down from McLaren Racing in April.

The Briton, who was given the top honour at the Sport Industry Awards, became the team principal of McLaren F1 in 1981. (read more…)

Whitmarsh calls for negotiation on rules @ ITV.com F1
Thursday 30th April 2009
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has expressed concern that the optional budget cap passed by the FIA this week will lead to a two-tier Formula 1, and has called for negotiations between F1 teams and the FIA to reach a more satisfactory outcome.

Whitmarsh said he fully shares the FIA’s cost-cutting objectives and paid tribute to the governing body for its successful initiatives to date. (read more…)

Lewis Hamilton escapes with slap on the wrist over McLaren ‘liargate’ scandal @ Mirror.co.uk Sport
Thursday 30th April 2009
Lewis Hamilton knows what it feels like to be Houdini now as McLaren leapt free of the chains of Liargate with a single bound yesterday.

Britain’s top team got a three-race ban – suspended for a year – from the World Motor Sport Council in Paris.

New McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh was handed the gift of a lifetime on his 51st birthday after masterminding one of the biggest off-track victories in the team’s history. (read more…)

Whitmarsh calls for FOTA involvement @ Eurosport F1
Thursday 30th April 2009
McLaren Mercedes Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh this afternoon became the first team boss to comment on the World Motor Sport Council’s announcement which invites existing and proposed teams to sign up to a cost capped formula for the 2010 season.

The FIA has been calling for drastic cuts in spending from the teams for some time and even proposed a standard Cosworth engine supply ahead of the current season. Nothing ever came of that project but now the sport’s governing body is looking to embrace lower costs and try to entice new entrants into the series for next year. (read more…)

Mosley Praises McLaren Boss @ Fox Sports F1
Thursday 30th April 2009

FIA president Max Mosley has praised McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh after the hearing which saw the team receive a suspended three-race ban.

Whitmarsh was humble in front of the World Motor Sport Council hearing in Paris. The hearing was held to decide how to punish McLaren for after the team admitted five charges of being in breach of the International Sporting Code.

Mosley said: “Martin made a very good impression.” (read more…)

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