Hamilton faces FIA judgement

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Lewis Hamilton and the beleaguered McLaren team will learn today whether the FIA is going to take any further action when the World Motor Sport Council meets in Paris to discuss lies Hamilton and the team told the stewards of the Australian Grand Prix last month.

Since then, Hamilton has made a public apology in Malaysia, the McLaren sporting director Davy Ryan was sacked, and former team principal Ron Dennis was obliged by the company to stand down.

In Bahrain last weekend the team principal Martin Whitmarsh admitted that he had written to the FIA, and the letter had been leaked to the media ahead of today's hearing. Whitmarsh could not be drawn on the letter's contents, but said: "Anyone who has looked at the relationship between McLaren and the FIA over the last few years would have to conclude it would be healthier for all of us to have a more positive relationship than perhaps we have in the past."

The word is that, after much horse-trading between the FIA president Max Mosley and his advisers, no further action will be imposed.