Originally posted by Buttoneer
Did Dave Ryan and lewis demonstrate a serious lack of transparency or did they out and out lie? Hamilton maintains he didn't 'lie' and Whitmarsh maintains that Ryan didn't tell everything. Where's the dividing line?
Yup, this is the worrying thing for Mac, I think. They are somewhere between a serious lack of transparency (their own admittance), and therefore potentially looking at BAR type penalties, and out and out fraud, and therefore potentially looking at even harsher penalties.
The only good thing in this comparison for McLaren was that there was no underlying offence, as there was for BAR.
But I think it would be a difficult argument to defeat to suggest that exclusion from the results in an Event was BAR's punishment for breaching the rules at that Event, the 2 race exclusion and suspended 6 month exclusion were their penalty for the lack of transparency.
I also agree with paulm that "If there is further punishment I think it will be target to effect the McLaren team without hurting others, including the drivers." Those seem to be the noises from the FIA at the minute. I'd therefore not be surprised to see a 2 race or more (perhaps even season long) exclusion from the constructers points for McLaren and a suspended exclusion of some kind.
The other thing I wouldn't be surprised to see would be exoneration/mere reprimand on the basis of 1 rougue employee, followed by new evidence coming to light showing Ryan (to an extent at least) acted on instruction from someone else in the team, leading to the book being thrown at McLaren. It would fit the pattern of: "clear them at the first hearing, whilst giving them enough rope to hang themselves at a second" established by Spygate and Liegate (can never have too many gates, I'd love it if Watergate was renamed Watergategate).