Apr.24 (GMM) The 'lie-gate' saga has continued to be a topic in the Bahrain paddock, as McLaren's World Motor Sport Council grilling looms for next Wednesday.
The latest twist in the scandal is the leaking to the press of a letter from Martin Whitmarsh to Max Mosley, in which the McLaren chief acknowledges that McLaren broke the rules and grovellingly apologises."Certainly, there's been no leak about it from us and I can't comment on it," Whitmarsh, asked about the Times newspaper leak, said in Bahrain.The Guardian said the contrite letter is a break from McLaren's "previously oppositional stance towards motor sport's governing body".Some have therefore interpreted the letter, and the leak, as a manoeuvre to reduce the prospect of a harsh penalty next week. According to rumours, the most likely punishments are either a 30 point reduction or race bans."It's very difficult to predict what the court will do," Red Bull's Christian Horner commented. "It would be a shame to lose a team for a couple of races but then again there has to be a penalty for lying to the stewards."