Ron Dennis cleared of team orders
An addendum to the Monaco Grand Prix in which the McLaren team was investigated for “team orders” which allowed Fernando Alonso allegedly to beat Lewis Hamilton in the race.
However, FIA has cleared Ron Dennis of any breach of the rules in this case. The earlier FIA statement read : “The FIA has launched an investigation into incidents involving the McLaren Mercedes team.”
McLaren denied using team orders — banned since 2002 — but said they had employed team strategy instead — an interesting form of words.
The FIA investigation centred on the international sporting code, which states it will punish “any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”.
Earlier a McLaren spokesman was in bullish mood, insisting, “We are very confident about FIA’s investigation into our race strategy. We do not, and have not, manipulated Grands Prix unless there are some exceptional circumstances.”
McLaren team boss Ron Dennis said, “All the decisions that we took before and during the race respect perfectly the international sporting code.”
However, at a post-race news conference Dennis admitted he “virtually had to decide in advance” which driver would win because of the challenging nature of the tight street circuit in Monte Carlo.