Despite finishing last in the constructors championship in 2007 having been disqualified, McLaren were meant to occupy the last set of pit garages during each race of the 2008 season. However, a deal was negotiated whereby they could occupy the fifth pit garages and therefore have access to the top facilities at each circuit.
However, this decision appears to have been rescinded and at next weekend s Formula One race in Bahrain, the McLaren team will occupy the last set of garages in the pit lane. The decision has left some fans angry as circuit organisers have confirmed that despite many fans deliberately buying tickets so that they can sit opposite the McLaren pit garage, they will not be moved following the pit lane shuffle and are therefore now not sitting opposite their preferred team s pits.
Bahrain organisers have apologised to fans and said that they were fully expecting McLaren to take up the fifth set of pit garages, but a late decision by Formula One Management has forced them to change their plans.
“In Bahrain, we do our utmost to ensure that fans of each team get to sit opposite their favourite team s pit garages to see the action unfold,â€ Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, the circuit s COO explained. “Sadly on this occasion, we must apologise to McLaren fans and accept that this is a force majeure.â€