http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/278776/LEWIS-GETS-OFF-IN-LIARGATE.html Lucky champ to escape race ban ESCAPING PUNISHMENT - Lewis Hamilton From IAN GORDON in Manila, 25/04/2009 LEWIS HAMILTON is set to get off scot free this week over his role in Formula One's Liargate scandal. Britain's world champion is likely to escape a personal punishment, even though Red Bull boss Christian Horner insists Hamilton's McLaren team should have the book thrown at them. McLaren have to answer FIVE charges that they lied to race stewards at the Australian Grand Prix when they face the FIA's World Motor Sport Council in Paris on Wednesday. Apology But team chief Martin Whitmarsh has thrown himself at the mercy of chiefs by making an unreserved apology after Hamilton was told to tell fibs to try to get an extra point. Whitmarsh has also been in talks with FIA representative Alan Donnelly in Bahrain. They claim the actions taken since the lie was exposed - including the sacking of sporting director Dave Ryan and Ron Dennis' resignation - should soften any punishment. McLaren, who were fined £50million and kicked out of the constructors' championship 18 months ago for spying on Ferrari, hope they escape with another fine. Points The WMSC could also dock points or ban them for two races. But a highly-placed pit-lane source said: "It is all up to McLaren now. If they go into the meeting contrite and hold their hands up then they could get off. "But if they go to Paris trying to defend themselves like they did over Ferrarigate it will not be good for them." FURIOUS - Red Bull boss Christian Horner wants the book thrown at McLarenHorner insists the WMSC will have to consider a two-race ban, ruling McLaren out of next month's Monaco Grand Prix. He said: "If you are in front of the stewards, you have to tell the truth. "The evidence against them was quite damning. The team have put themselves in this position so they have to be prepared to meet the consequences. Shame "It would be a shame to lose a team for a couple of races but there has to be a penalty for lying to the stewards." Team chief Whitmarsh wrote to FIA president Max Mosley last week to "unreservedly apologise" for attempting to mislead stewards and get Toyota's Jarno Trulli stripped of third place. Whitmarsh also sent a second letter, detailing the non-confrontational approach it is expected to take on Wednesday. He admits he has had "dark thoughts" since taking over as team principal on March 1. Whitmarsh said: "We are co-operating with the FIA and it is for WMSC to decide what action should be taken. Dark "You have moments of dark thoughts. We've had a range of disappointments and dealing with those has been tough. I have been open and said that I have considered what I should be doing with my future. "We have got to do a better job in all departments. It is clear McLaren have not always done everything right." Hamilton, 24, who qualified fifth in Bahrain behind pole-setter Jarno Trulli, might not appear at the hearing. He said: "We've had some tough times in 2007 and 2008 but this year is really hard. It's hard on everyone in the team, hard on family, hard on friends. "It affects your personal life but you can't dwell on it. You have to rise above it and try to learn from it. It's been the toughest period of my life."