The FIA, Formula 1's governing body, has announced that McLaren's appeal against the penalty handed to Lewis Hamilton at the recent Belgian Grand Prix will be heard in two weeks time.

The date was confirmed on Friday, ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

It will mean the FIA's Court of Appeal will convene in Paris on Monday September 22 in the week leading up to the inaugural event in Singapore and the sport's first ever night race.

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Hamilton was stripped of his victory at Spa after the stewards gave him a 25-second penalty post-event for gaining an unfair advantage in his battle with Kimi Raikkonen late on by cutting out part of the Bus Stop chicane.

Although the move was unintentional, coming as the result of a botched passing attempt, and despite Hamilton having subsequently backed off to allow the Ferrari back in front, the officials deemed that the Briton should not have regained the lead at the very next corner.

The penalty dropped the Englishman provisionally to third, behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa and the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld.

Before the hearing can even get underway though, the BBC reports that the court will have to decide if it is even allowed, as there is some dispute over whether or not teams can appeal against a time penalty.