Ryan accompanied Hamilton on the hearing, and was found to have lied to claim the third place. Hamilton confessed that he was told to lie by his director, Ryan.
Team principal Martin Whitmarch who suspended Ryam said, "In my 20 odd years working for McLaren, I doubt if I've met a more dedicated individual than Davey. He's been an integral part of McLaren since 1974 and has played a crucial role in the team's many world championship successes since that time." However, Whitmarch also added that this incident has caused serious consequences on the team and apologises for it.