McLaren F1 staff revolt after being given 25p Freddo chocolate bars ‘as reward for hard work’

McLAREN'S F1 staff are considering going on strike as team bosses are rewarding their workers with Freddo chocolate bars, it's alleged.

Workers are reportedly unhappy with their underwhelming gifts but told the Mail there were fears a revolt may cause people to lose their jobs.

 Workers at F1 team McLaren are considering strike action after their Freddo rewards

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Workers at F1 team McLaren are considering strike action after their Freddo rewards
 With the money and fast cars, 25p Freddo bars are not the rewards you would normally associate with F1

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With the money and fast cars, 25p Freddo bars are not the rewards you would normally associate with F1

One unnamed worker claimed: "We have been working all hours of the day, sweating blood, and they give us 25p Freddo bars.

"The Freddos are handed out when a package is produced on a tight schedule. For example, we were given two weeks to produce the Spain upgrade package in May.

"We all worked 24/7 to meet the deadline. We got it done in time. So a week later a Freddo was handed out to all staff involved as 'a bonus'. Supervisors are embarrassed to hand them out.

"We also got a Freddo last year after building the car."

 Drivers Stoffel Vandoorne, left, and Fernando Alonso will be hoping to pick up points at the French Grand Prix this weekend

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Drivers Stoffel Vandoorne, left, and Fernando Alonso will be hoping to pick up points at the French Grand Prix this weekend

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The source also claimed employees describe racing director Eric Boullier, chief engineer Matt Morris, chief operating officer Simon Roberts and operations director David Probyn as the "Untouchables".

The source added: "Some of them just walk about chatting. We have no respect for them. People are beginning to boycott the debriefs because they are a joke.

"The atmosphere is toxic. We would like to go on strike but people fear for their jobs."

With the French Grand Prix this weekend, McLaren's drivers Fernando Alonso, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend, and Stoffel Vandoorne will be hoping to put the Freddo debacle aside and build on the 40 points they have accumulated together so far this season.


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McLAREN'S F1 staff are considering going on strike as team bosses are rewarding their workers with Freddo chocolate bars, it's alleged.