Martin Whitmarsh, the McLaren F1 team principal, will be hoping to draw some of the sting out of the British team’s appearance in front of the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on Wednesday.

He will be the team’s only representative to speak in connection with charges that they brought the sport into disrepute over the so-called ‘Lie-gate’ scandal stemming from the behaviour of Lewis Hamilton and former sporting director Dave Ryan at the Australian Grand Prix.

During a safety car period in the closing stages of the first race of the season Ryan told Hamilton over the radio to allow Jarno Trulli’s Toyota to re-pass his McLaren, knowing that such a move would trick Trulli into being penalised, as passing is forbidden when the safety car is deployed. Ryan and Hamilton subsequently denied this was the case to the stewards on two separate occasions.