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Hamilton stipped of Belgian Grand Prix win.

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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bouncebackability bw

September 07, 2008 5:40 PM
Last Edited 369 days ago

FIA Statement: Formula 1 2009 "Overtaking to be banned next season because its too dangerous" BLOODY DISGUSTING! terrible decision by the stewards, what advantage did he gain for goodness sake? i hope mclaren appeal and win for the sake of F1! i just knew that this would happen, it deters the drivers from trying. you never would have had senna penalised for such things. has completely ruined one of the most entertaining races of the year.

Prodrivepete - Unregistered

September 07, 2008 5:41 PM

This is an absolute travesty and will dent the image of F1 again. The FIA/stewards are clearly biased towards Ferrari, its an utter utter joke. Instead of remembering this for the awesome wheel to wheel racing it will be remembered as a farce.

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