Former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan was back on the pit wall

Former McLaren team manager – and chief conspirator in the 2009 ‘Liegate’ scandal – Dave Ryan has made a return to the competitive world of motorsport, with (of all things) a McLaren.

The Woking squad parted company with its long-standing sporting director after he convinced Lewis Hamilton to lie to the Australian Grand Prix stewards in 2009. Hamilton was disqualified from the event when the truth later emerged, and Ryan was sent packing for his troubles.

But last weekend at Spa Francorchamps, the New Zealander was back on the pit wall heading up his Von Ryan team in the annual Spa 24 Hours event, fielding a McLaren MP4-12C supercar, which finished mid-pack.

In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, the expat Kiwi told the newspaper he bears no ill will towards his former employer.

“People who carry grudges are akin to having a ball and chain around their ankle holding them back from getting on with their lives,” he said.

“I get on with all the McLaren people and what happened, happened. It’s history now.”

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.