Kimi Raikkonen may have to wait a short while until his Formula One world title can be officially confirmed after McLaren announced that it would appeal against the decision not to penalise Williams and BMW Sauber for alleged fuel irregularities.

Raikkonen was confirmed as champion twice on Sunday, once in the initial results and again after the questionable fuel samples were checked and declared by the stewards not to contravene regulations 'enough' to warrant punishment. Both teams had been deemed to have fuel that was 'too cool', potentially providing a power boost.

However, perhaps fittingly in a season riddled with controversy and back-biting between the two leading teams, McLaren has announced that it would appeal the decision. Exclusion or demotion for Nico Rosberg, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld would promote Lewis Hamilton from his original seventh place, handing him the title.

According to the original results, Raikkonen beat Hamilton and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso by a single point, despite entering the Brazilian Grand Prix third in the standings, after neither of his rivals was able to secure the result they needed to take the title. Hamilton, in particular, was hampered by a gearbox problem that left him having to climb back through the field.

Appeals in Formula One are an inexact science, with outcomes going both ways. Eddie Irvine was handed a longer suspension and bigger fine for an accident in his first Brazilian Grand Prix, but Ferrari's appeal into the judges' decision on this season's espionage affair proved more fruitful, seeing McLaren excluded from the constructors' championship and handed a record $100m fine.



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