McLaren Radio Hacked

{ Posted on May 30 2007 by dScribe }

After a relatively boring Monaco Grand Prix, the biggest news this week is that the FIA are investigating claims that McLaren ‘fixed’ the race result in Monte Carlo. I normally wouldn’t give such a nonsense story the time of day, but Ron Dennis let one gem slip that I’d never heard reported before.

If you read what Ron said, it seems as though someone hacked into the McLaren radio during the 1998 Australia Grand Prix and falsely instructed Mika Hakkinen to enter the pits when he didn’t need to. To quote Ron:

Team strategy is what you bring to bear to win a Grand Prix. Team orders is what you bring to bear to manipulate a Grand Prix. And we do not, and have not, manipulated Grands Prix, unless there were some exceptional circumstances, which occurred, for example, in Australia (1998), when at that time someone had tapped into our radio and instructed Mika Hakkinen to enter the pits.

At the time I only ever saw it reported that Mika was called into the pits accidentally by the team, not by an outsider ‘tapping’ into their radio! I wonder who was responsible? A competitor? Or maybe a disgruntled fan? :)


3 Responses to “McLaren Radio Hacked”

  1. maybe they need to interview that disgrunteled worker that walked down the Hockenheim track (before they changed the track and screwed it all up) that was pritty damn funny…. i dunno if this is true or not…. i think its more of a smoke screen to try and stop ppl comparing the monaco incident to the 98 OZ GP incident…..

  2. Its more like Ron Dennis is a sly old goat doing naughty deeds and puting the blame on somebody else, has for Michael Schumacher go and worl with Mclarens no way, he would rather work with ferrari there wage packet is far better, and has for testing why not he isnt doing any one any harm, leave him alone. you the media should stop poking your big ugly noses in.

  3. Its more like Ron Dennis is a sly old goat doing naughty deeds and puting the blame on somebody else, has for Michael Schumacher go and work with Mclarens no way, he would rather work with ferrari there wage packet is far better, and has for testing why not he isnt doing any one any harm, leave him alone. you the media should stop poking your big ugly noses in.

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