Ralf Schumacher in Malaysia poured water on the 'lie-gate' saga, suggesting economy with the truth is not a rare commodity in formula one.

Ralf Schumacher in Malaysia poured water on the 'lie-gate' saga, suggesting economy with the truth is not a rare commodity in formula one.

The former six-time grand prix winner was at Sepang last weekend, filling in for Niki Lauda as a pundit for German TV.

He therefore witnessed the scandal unfold first hand, from when the stewards disqualified Lewis Hamilton to the suspension of Dave Ryan.

It is now likely that the matter will be referred to the World Motor Sport Council, where sanctions against McLaren could be applied.

The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag asked Schumacher, who raced full-time in F1 for a decade until 2007, if he ever lied in his capacity as a driver.

"I could not say that, in my active time (in F1), that I would not have acted in the same situation in the same way (as Hamilton).

"You are together with your team," Schumacher, 34, said, "and together you say what you have to say."

Ralf said he does not condone lying "but on the other hand Lewis was surely not the first" to do so.

 

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