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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Australia revisited: Hamilton disqualified, Trulli back in third

Upon further review, Lewis Hamilton was stripped of his points and disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after stewards ruled he and provided ‘misleading' evidence during the post-race hearing in Melbourne.

Jarno Trulli's third place was reinstated.

F1 Grand Prix of Australia - Race

Formula1.com reports the following statement:

“The Stewards having considered the new elements presented to them from the 2009 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, consider that driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes acted in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event by providing evidence deliberately misleading to the Stewards at the hearing on Sunday 29th March 2009, a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.

"Under Article 158 of the International Sporting Code, the driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are excluded from the race classification for the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and the classification is amended accordingly."

McLaren says it will not appeal.

The FIA press statement in full, with supporting audio evidence.

Get the scoop from the people who are there:

Brad Spurgeon
Lewis Hamilton and McLaren Excluded From Australia Results

Joe Saward
Hamilton excluded from Australian GP results!
McLaren will not appeal
McLaren’s view

James Allen
Whitmarsh - we didn’t lie about Trulli incident
Trulli spells out what happened with Hamilton

Making sense of McLaren’s behaviour


It's looking like typical hot and humid this weekend in Sepang, with the promise of those Malaysian thunderstorms. The 900 pound gorilla in the room is just how F1 will handle a twilight storm…

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