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World champion Lewis Hamilton and his McLaren team have escaped with a suspended three-race ban for “deliberately misleading” stewards at the Australian Grand Prix.

The team could have been thrown out of the Formula One championship, but an extraordinary hearing of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris opted for a lesser penalty.

McLaren had pleaded guilty on all five counts of breaching article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

A statement from the WMSC said they had taken into account “the open and honest way” in which McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh had addressed them and added that a “change of culture” has taken place within his organization…  Details