The names Brawn and Ron Dennis have entered the 'lie-gate' saga, as McLaren prepares to face an FIA hearing following the Bahrain grand prix later this month.

The names Brawn and Ron Dennis have entered the 'lie-gate' saga, as McLaren prepares to face an FIA hearing following the Bahrain grand prix later this month.

With his reputation in tatters, a furious Lewis Hamilton and his father Anthony are said to be seriously considering leaving the team.

"They may not have much money yet, but Hamilton's pulling power would soon see to that and the proposed budget cap for next year would put them on a more level footing with the manufacturer teams," an article in the Telegraph read, referring to speculation that 24-year-old Hamilton might switch to the dominant Brawn GP team.

Other British newspapers, including the Daily Mail, are raising questions about Ron Dennis' involvement in the saga, as current boss Martin Whitmarsh weighs up his own future in charge of the team.

It is suggested that chairman Dennis may have spoken to the sacked Dave Ryan between the Australian stewards meeting and the one in Malaysia, and also that he "was strongly opposed" to Hamilton's contrite apology in front of the world's media at Sepang.

The implication is that the 61-year-old, unlike Whitmarsh who was holidaying between the two races, could join Ryan in becoming a 'sacrificial lamb', leaving Whitmarsh and Hamilton able to continue as before.

"We really cannot comment on these things because we're now into a court situation," a spokesman said.

Both Hamilton and his father/manager attended a meeting at McLaren's Woking base on Tuesday.

 

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