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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Trulli/Hamilton incident to be reopened

No sooner had Toyota announced it was dropping its appeal of Jarno Trulli’s “drive-through” penalty in last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix when the FIA announced it was reopening the investigation.

Trulli received the 25-second time penalty after stewards decided he passed Lewis Hamilton under the safety car, dropping the Italian from third to 12th.

The deciding factor? Article 152, paragraph 5 of the Sporting Code:

“Penalties of driving through or stopping in pit lanes together with certain penalties specified in FIA Championship regulations where this is expressly stated, are not susceptible to appeal.”

F1 Mar 2009

But it emerged later Wednesday that Hamilton was to be brought back before the stewards Thursday to clarify why Trulli passed him, according to Autosport.

The action was in response to further evidence not available at the time of the original decision. Should it be determined Hamilton withheld information, he could face consequences and Trulli’s podium place could be reinstated.

Autosport believes McLaren radio communications are at the heart of the matter. Read the full story. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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