McLaren: race control gave us the all clear 10 Sep 2008
McLaren have revealed that they were assured by FIA race officials during the Belgian Grand Prix that Lewis Hamilton had done enough, by allowing Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen to repass him, to prevent the British driver from being penalised for cutting a chicane earlier in the duos epic battle.
From the pit wall, we asked race control to confirm that they were comfortable that Lewis had allowed Kimi to repass, and they confirmed twice that they believed that the position had been given back in a manner that was 'okay', explained McLarens F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh in a statement released on Tuesday.
Following the race, however, Hamilton was handed a 25-second time penalty by the Belgian Grand Prix stewards, after it was ruled he had gained an unfair advantage over Raikkonen. As a result, Hamilton was demoted from first place to third and Ferraris Felipe Massa was declared the winner of the Spa event.
If race control had instead expressed any concern regarding Lewiss actions at that time, we would have instructed Lewis to allow Kimi to repass for a second time, added Whitmarsh.
McLaren have now lodged an appeal against the stewards decision.