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McLaren suspends Sporting Director

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03/04/2009

In the wake of its exclusion from the results of the Australian Grand Prix, McLaren has suspended its Sporting Director, Dave Ryan.

A statement issued by the Woking team reads as follows:

"This morning, Dave Ryan was suspended from his position as sporting director of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: "In my 20-odd years working for McLaren, I doubt if I've met a more dedicated individual than Davey. He's been an integral part of McLaren since 1974 and has played a crucial role in the team's many world championship successes since that time.

"However, his role in the events of last Sunday, particularly his dealings with the FIA stewards, has caused serious repercussions for the team, for which we apologise. Therefore, I suspended him this morning and he has accepted this."

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