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McClaren handed suspended three-race ban

Lewis Hamilton will be relieved by the news that McClaren have got away with just a suspended three-race ban from the World Motor Sport Council for lying to race officials at the Australian Grand Prix.

McClaren issued a full apology following the incident as well as pleading guilty to five charges of breaching the International Sporting Code which appears to have lightened their punishment from the WMSC.

The WMSC verdict read: "Having regard to the open and honest way in which McLaren team principal, Mr Martin Whitmarsh, addressed the WMSC and the change in culture which he made clear has taken place in his organisation, the WMSC decided to suspend the application of the penalty it deems appropriate."

"That penalty is a suspension of the team from three races of the FIA Formula One World Championship. This will only be applied if further facts emerge regarding the case or if, in the next 12 months, there is a further breach by the team of article 151 c of the International Sporting Code."

Last season's Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton will be relieved to have escaped sanctions after being judged to have "deliberately misled" race officials at Melbourne last month in order to be promoted from fourth to third. McClaren were later disqualified from the race.

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