McLaren head to Paris for Hamilton appeal 22 Sep 2008
The FIAs International Court of Appeal met in the French capital on Monday to hear McLarens appeal over Lewis Hamiltons recent Belgian Grand Prix penalty.
Hamilton had 25 seconds added to his Spa race time after stewards decided he had gained an advantage by cutting the final chicane during his late battle with Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen. The penalty dropped the British driver from first to third in the results, with Ferraris Felipe Massa inheriting the win.
Among the points expected to be raised by McLaren in Hamiltons defence were that he allowed Raikkonen to re-pass on the start-finish straight following the incident, and the fact that the team were twice told by race control that Hamiltons conduct appeared to be within the rules.
Should McLarens appeal be successful, Hamiltons lead in the drivers standings will go from one point to seven. If it fails, he will head to this weekends Singapore Grand Prix with a one-point advantage over Massa. Either way, the Courts decision, expected Tuesday, could play a vital role in the outcome of the 2008 championship.