The controversial topic of assistance for struggling F1 teams is set to rear its head again today as Formula One Management meets to discuss possible help for ailing back-marker McLaren.
‘It’s hard not to feel sorry for McLaren,’ admitted an FOM insider. ‘The car is terrible, their new driver is pulling a sicky and, given the sound of his voice, the other chap still has a cold.’
F1 bosses will meet to discuss ways in which they might help McLaren, perhaps offering technical assistance to make their engine work for more than 20 minutes or intervening to stop Fernando Alonso continuing with his ‘no win, no fee’ claim for whiplash caused by an accident at work.
‘At the very least perhaps we can help out by trying to find them a proper sponsor,’ our insider admitted. ‘Given the pace of the car, we wonder if Mastercard would be interested.’