The Lewis Hamilton fall-out claims the scalp of McLaren Sporting Director

SEPANG, Malaysia – McLaren have suspended sporting director Dave Ryan after the team and world champion Lewis Hamilton were found to have misled stewards at last weekend's Formula One season-opener.

"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," said team principal Martin Whitmarsh in a statement.

"Therefore, I suspended him this morning and he has accepted this."