Ron Dennis admitted that the McLaren team decided in advance that Fernando Alonso would win the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. The McLaren boss said that it was frustrating having to make the call but claims that the possibility of the safety car coming out demanded a change of strategy.
"An outstanding result for the team. Both Fernando and Lewis drove so well and responded excellently to the team's wishes of bringing both cars home safely in what was a memorable one-two result and McLaren's 14th victory in the Principality", Dennis said.
"However there is some disappointment because of the different strategies we needed to follow to cope with a potential deployment of the Safety Car which has happened four times in the last five years. Consequently you virtually have to decide in advance which one of the team's two drivers will claim the victory".
Lewis Hamilton fought hard through out the race to allow his one-stop strategy to give him the lead only for his team to change him to a two stop programme.
"Once the first round of pitstops had taken place we reverted Lewis from a one-stop strategy to the faster two-stop strategy and at the same time slowed both cars down to conserve the brakes. As a team we would like to race but this circuit requires a disciplined approach and as a result we can leave Monte Carlo with the maximum amount of points", Dennis added.
And now, The FIA is investigating McLaren:
The FIA has announced on Monday that it has launched an investigation into incidents involving the McLaren Mercedes team at Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. The FIA believes the team might have breached the International Sporting Code.
British media were furious when Ron Dennis said after the Monaco Grand Prix that the team decided not to let the duo fight but bring both cars to the finish. The FIA can punish the team if it believes McLaren handed out teamorders. The regulations state that teamorders in Formula 1 are not allowed.
The FIA statement said: "The FIA has launched an investigation into incidents involving the McLaren Mercedes team at the 2007 Monaco Grand Prix in light of a possible breach of the International Sporting Code".
"The relevant evidence is under review and a further announcement will be made in due course."