It seems the McLaren official has backed the arguments of driver Lewis Hamilton and sporting director Dave Ryan before the Aussie stewards, therefore not admitting Trulli was deliberately allowed to pass the British driver under safety car.
“Trulli took back the place under the safety car, which ordinarily you wouldn't do,” reportedly told Whitmarsh to the BBC, shortly after the Melbourne race.
If the FIA proves that Whitmarsh was involved in the lying decision-making ahead of the first stewards' meeting in Melbourne – therefore backing the Hamilton-Ryan duo – McLaren will also be found guilty of lying to the FIA concerning Whitmarsh's involvement in the affair in the first place. The Woking-based team has already denied any kind of implication from its team boss in the lying saga.
Only Lewis Hamilton has so far admitted to his wrongdoing in the lying affair. As McLaren have fired Dave Ryan shortly after the incident, the former sporting director is now out of WMSC's jurisdiction for the meeting on April 29th, when McLaren are due to appear before the FIA to explain their actions.