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McLaren to appeal Hungarian penalty 08 Aug 2007

Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 4 August 2007

McLaren will appeal the stewards’ decision to penalise the team at last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. The British team were barred from scoring the 15 constructors’ points they eventually earned from the Budapest race, after the stewards deemed Fernando Alonso had impeded McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton during qualifying.

Hamilton was forced to wait for Alonso to leave the McLaren pit and consequently missed out on the chance of a final flying lap. As a result of the stewards’ decision, original polesitter Alonso was given a five-place grid penalty and started in sixth. Hamilton, who had qualified second, inherited the Spaniard’s pole and went on to win the Hungarian race. Alonso, meanwhile, finished in fourth.

McLaren are understood to have lodged their appeal to the FIA via the United Kingdom’s national sporting authority. The British squad are currently leading the constructors’ championship with a 19-point advantage over second-placed team Ferrari.