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The BMW Spin

There's nothing to get a press conference going than asking the motorsport director of a high-profiled automaker if he happens to be dishonest. Dr Mario Theissen found himself facing such a question in Montreal, after Williams co-owner lashed out at his German counterpart in an interview leading to the Canadian GP. It was the climax of a strained relationship that is playing itself in the public eye and will reach a conclusion one way or another in the following weeks. But why did it become so personal? Tony Dodgins investigates the latest Grove-Munich controversy

"Mr Theissen, Patrick Head said that you are a bit dishonest. Are you?"

Good opener! Nothing like straight and to the point. It was the first question for Dr Mario Theissen, BMW's motorsport director, as he and Frank Williams conducted their Montreal media briefing on Saturday afternoon.

The background was an interview Patrick Head had given to an Italian and a French journalist in which the Williams co-owner had given his thoughts on some of the opinions attributed to Theissen in the press recently. The gist of which tends to be that those godawful British shitboxes are preventing our wonderful German engines from winning the World Championship.

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