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McLaren escapes with suspended three-race ban


The World Motor Sport Council has handed McLaren a suspended three-race ban for a breach of rules at the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix races

McLaren were handed the suspension for lying to officials and other breaches of F1 rules at the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix races.

The WMSC said in a statement that the team admitted to five charges of breaching the International Sporting Code. The council expressed appreciation for the "open and honest" way in which McLaren conducted itself and recognised the change in culture at the team.

The three-race suspension will only be applied if McLaren commits a further rule breach or if new facts came to light, the statement said.

A more severe punishment would have meant Lewis Hamilton's bid to retain the world title was in jeopardy. He trails leader Jenson Button by 22 points after for races.

Lewis Hamilton and McLaren's lost points from the Australian Grand Prix as a result of the offences.

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