McLaren's appeal into the 'illegal fuel' case that could decide the fate of this year's world drivers' laurels has been adjourned and will conclude in Paris - home of the FIA, the sport's governing body - today (Friday).

The Woking outfit had protested the decision of stewards in Interlagos after the four BMW-Sauber and Williams cars were found post-race to have been running fuel cooler than the regulations allow, thereby theoretically handing them an advantage over their rivals. The stewards elected not to disqualify the cars in question, but should that be overturned on appeal Lewis Hamilton could move up three places in the finishing order - and with it steal the crown away from Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen.

The hearing was moved to London yesterday (Thursday) because of transit strikes in France. According to The Associated Press, after legal representatives from all of the teams involved - McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, BMW-Sauber and Williams - had presented their cases, the appeal was adjourned until today (Friday), where it will resume in Paris.

Once all the arguments have been made, the four judges - John Cassidy, Vassilis Koussis, Jose Nacedo E Cunha and Jan Stovicek - will determine the outcome of the case, and resolve whether Hamilton is to be promoted or not.

Stay tuned for further developments.

 

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