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Date set for McLaren’s Belgian Grand Prix appeal 12 Sep 2008

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/23 battle for the lead of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 7 September 2008. © Sutton

The FIA International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on September 22 to consider McLaren’s appeal against the 25-second time penalty handed out to Lewis Hamilton in last weekend’s 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 Ferrari’s 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 driver’s conduct appeared to be within the rules.

The Court must first decide whether McLaren’s appeal is admissible. Hamilton’s 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.