British Sunday newspapers, apparently fed by unnamed high-level sources, are reporting that McLaren is likely to escape major punishment in next Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council hearing.

British Sunday newspapers, apparently fed by unnamed high-level sources, are reporting that McLaren is likely to escape major punishment in next Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council hearing.

It has been rumoured that race bans are possible for the British team over 'lie-gate', but the Telegraph said a points deduction is actually the most likely outcome.

McLaren, with eight points on the board so far, is therefore likely to go into negative points figures.

The Independent newspaper agreed with the speculation about the likely penalty's leniency, and other press sources indicate that the news about the hearing follows Martin Whitmarsh's letter to Max Mosley this week.

It is believed that it is because Whitmarsh outlined the apologetic and open manner in which McLaren will handle the hearing that information about the outcome is now emerging.

A source told the News of the World: "It is all up to McLaren now. If they go into the meeting contrite and hold their hands up then they could get off.

"But if they go to Paris trying to defend themselves like they did over Ferrari-gate it will not be good for them."

 

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