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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FIA rejects Hamilton appeal

Citing Article 125 of the International Sporting Code, the FIA rejected McLaren’s appeal of Lewis Hamilton’s 25 second penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Equating the stewards’ decision to a drive through penalty, the FIA’s five judges said such penalties are ‘not susceptible to appeal.’

It was a heated session, the BBC reporting Hamilton at one point turned on Ferrari counsel Nigel Tozzi QC.

“Are you a racing driver? No!” Hamilton was reported to have said. “I have been a racing driver since I was eight years old and I know pretty much every single manoeuvre in the book, and that's why I'm the best at my job.”

When told by Tozzi he was personalizing the issue and Ferrari knew as much about Formula One as the young Briton, Hamilton is to have responded “With respect, I doubt it.”

McLaren and Hamilton were confident they had given back any advantage Hamilton may have gained by cutting the chicane. At the end of the day, however, it was irrelevant, as the appeal was deemed inadmissible.

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