Date set for McLarens Belgian Grand Prix appeal 12 Sep 2008
The FIA International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on September 22 to consider McLarens appeal against the 25-second time penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton in last weekends Belgian Grand Prix. A decision is expected the following day.
Hamilton dropped from first to third place in the Spa results after stewards decided he had gained an advantage by cutting the final chicane during his late-race battle with Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen, whose team mate, Felipe Massa, inherited the win.
McLaren insist Hamilton was not at fault as he immediately relinquished the lead to Raikkonen following the incident. The team also claim that they were twice told by race control that their drivers conduct appeared to be within the rules.
The Court must first decide whether McLarens appeal is admissible. Hamiltons 25-second penalty substituted a drive-through, due to the incident taking place so late in the race. Drive-through penalties are not normally open to appeal.