"We recognise Lewis's efforts to set the record straight today," said an FIA spokesman. "It would appear that he was put in an impossible position."
The FIA will have chosen these words very carefully. By using the words "impossible position" they are saying that realistically there was nothing Lewis could do except follow the orders of his Sporting Director.
So they are being very careful to separate out Lewis from the McLaren organisation as a whole, and are laying the blame on the McLaren organisation alone.
I find this a very extraordinary manoeuvre by the FIA. One I did not expect at all. I said earlier that I WATCHED Lewis's press conference and believed him 100%. Allan Donnelly was present at the conference. I guess he did too.
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