After much confusion after the Australian Grand Prix between Lewis Hamilton and Jarno Trulli under the final safety car which resulted in McLaren’s disqualification of that race, the WMSC has ordered the team to a meeting on April 29. The incident started when Trulli’s car went off the track and Hamilton was not sure to go by the Toyota or to let him back in place, the radio transmission between Hamilton and his engineer follows:
Phil Prew (race engineer to Hamilton): OK Lewis, you just need to make sure your delta’s positive over the safety car line. After the safety car line the delta doesn’t matter, but no overtaking. No overtaking.
Lewis Hamilton: The Toyota went off in the second to last corner I overtook him is that OK?
PP: Understood, Lewis. We’ll confirm and get back to you.
LH: He was off the track. He went wide.
PP: Lewis, you need to allow the Toyota through. Allow the Toyota through now.
(Hamilton yields to Trulli, unseen on TV screens)
LH: He’s slowed right down in front of me.
PP: OK, Lewis. Stay ahead for the time being. Stay ahead. We’ll get back to you. We’re talking to Charlie (Whiting, race director).
LH: I’ve let him past already.
PP: OK, Lewis. That’s fine. That’s fine. Hold position. Hold position.
LH: Ask Charlie I already overtook him and I’ve just let him past so…
PP: I understand Lewis. We are checking. Now can we go to yellow G5, yellow Golf 5.
LH: If I don’t have to let him past then I should be able to take that position back, because he made a mistake.
Dave Ryan (team manager): Yes, we understand Lewis. Let’s just do it by the book. We’re asking Charlie now. You are in P4, if you hold this position. Just keep it together.
PP: OK Lewis, your KERS is full, your KERS is full. Just be aware. You can go back to black F2, black Foxtrott 2.
LH: Have you found out from Charlie on whether I can take it back or not?
PP: We’re till waiting on a response Lewis, still waiting.
PP: Lewis, work on your brakes please. Front brakes are cold.
DR: Lewis, If we are able to use, to deploy KERS that would be good. If you can deploy KERS please do so now.
PP: OK, Lewis, this is the last lap of the race. At the end of the lap the safety car will come in, you just proceed over the line without overtaking, without overtaking. We are looking into the Trulli thing, but just hold position.
After the race where Jarno Trulli was initially penalized for passing Hamilton under the safety car, Hamilton denied to race stewards that the above conversation with his engineer took place. But, after the FIA released the radio transaction, they were asked again about the conversation and admitted that it took place and subsequently, the FIA disqualified both McLarens.
Now, today McLaren announced that long time sporting director David Ryan had been fired from the team after instructing Hamilton and his engineer to lie about the conversation they had regarding the safety car scenario with Trulli.