So both McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan and Lewis Hamilton go to see the stewards in Melbourne and, according to none other their own team principal, both are ‘not entirely truthful’ in what they say.

But only Ryan gets suspended.

Read more about Hamilton's disqualification form the Melbourne GP

Anyone else spot the iniquity here? I’m not saying that either or both of them should be out of the job, but I suspect I’m not the only one feeling Ryan has taken one for the team.

The point is not what happened on the track with Trulli, where no great transgression meriting even the exclusion of the team, let alone the suspension of the sporting director, took place. But if being ‘not entirely truthful’ can be fairly interpreted as McLaren-speak for ‘lying’, then punishing only one of the two transgressors would seem to be counter-productive and likely to lower people’s estimation of McLaren.

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