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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

McLaren appeal now official

McLaren has pressed ahead with its appeal of the penalty on Lewis Hamilton at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

There had been some question over whether the team would challenge the decision or avoid the distraction over the remainder of the season.

“Following our decision to register our intention to appeal the penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton by the FIA Stewards at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, we hereby confirm that we have now lodged notice of appeal. Lewis describes the incident as follows,” said team CEO Martin Whitmarsh.

Ferrari not playing favorites

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says the team are not yet ready to back Felipe Massa over Kimi Raikkonen in the driver’s championship.

Massa is second to Lewis Hamilton, trailing the Briton by just two points following his inherited win at Spa, while Raikkonen is 17 points adrift.

“We will take the decision in the interests of the team,” Domenicali said. “In my view, the situation that we have now is something that we need to think about in no hurry because it's something that is part of our approach to the races. When and if we feel that it's the right time, we are going to do it.”

Dixon wins IndyCar title

Helio Castroneves won in a photo finish at Chicagoland Sunday, but Scott Dixon held off the Brazilian’s late season push to win his second IndyCar title.

Castroneves put in a stunning worst to first drive after being penalized in qualifying and sent to the back of the field.

The margin of victory was 0.0033 seconds. Initially Dixon was declared the winner, and was in Victory Circle before race officials determined Castroneves had won the race.

Dixon in the fourth straight Indy 500 winner to go on to win the championship. The New Zealander last won the IndyCar title in 2003.

Finally...

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