Whitmarsh suspends Ryan after Hamilton DSQ

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Malaysia, Sepang International Circuitmy

This morning, Dave Ryan was suspended from his position as sporting director of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. Ryan left the team at Malaysia and so far it is unclear when or if he will return to the team.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: “In my 20-odd years working for McLaren, I doubt if I’ve met a more dedicated individual than Davey. 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.”