Belgian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his stunning victory in the event at Spa-Francorchamps today after he was handed a 25-second post-race penalty by FIA stewards.

The punishment followed an investigation into the incident between the McLaren-Mercedes star and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, when Hamilton tried to go around the outside of his Finnish rival into the Bus-Stop chicane but - finding himself running out of room - instead had to take to the grass and rejoined the circuit along the start-finish straight alongside the reigning world champion.

Though the Formula 1 World Championship leader subsequently backed off to allow Raikkonen past him again as per the sport's regulations, race stewards deemed that a time penalty was appropriate, dropping the Briton back to third place in the final reckoning behind newly-instated winner Felipe Massa and BMW-Sauber's Nick Heidfeld.

The news also sees Hamilton's title hopes dealt a blow, as his eight-point advantage over Ferrari's Massa - who himself controversially escaped a time penalty in the European Grand Prix in Valencia a fortnight ago, when his Ferrari pit crew released him into the path of Force India's Adrian Sutil during the Brazilian's second stop - has now been reduced to just two, with five races of the season remaining. Raikkonen sits 19 points adrift in fourth.


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I watched this Grand Prix on Turkish TV and I believe Hamilton did all he could do. What has he to do, if it had been any other car than a Fererie no action would have been taken. I have been an avid F1 suporter since Brands Hatch days. When we get a real race not a convoy the Stewards ýntrpret the rules to support a favorite Italion buýit car. When will we see real racing again and at what price!!!!