A major error from McLaren’s usually bulletproof communications department has left the Woking outfit with the prospect of trying to soothe some rather furious sections of the F1 press.

The outfit emailed hundreds of the recipients of its press releases asking them to update their contact details ahead of the 2011 F1 season.

But the person sending the email failed to insert the mailing list groups in the ‘BCC’ field of the email, meaning that any recipient of the email could simply view other recipients’ contact details – as well as broadcast their own – simply by hitting ‘Reply All’.

Many journalists were pretty quick to realise the error when their own inboxes became flooded with others’ contact details, with some seeing the funnier side, while others were not at all impressed.

The incident has already been dubbed ‘McLarenmailgate’ on Twitter.

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The most high-profile figure to fall foul of the clerical error was BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle, who wrote: “What a ridiculous **** up.

“Brilliant. Hello everybody. My Blackberry battery is not prepared for this. Happy Christmas.”

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Richard Bailey

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