Raikkonen keeps title as Williams & BMW cleared (updated)

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Interlagos, 2007, 3 | Ferrari mediaKimi Raikkonen’s Formula 1 title is safe as the F1 stewards ruled that the Williams and BMW drivers would not be disqualified from the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The original results from the Brazilian Grand Prix have been confirmed with Lewis Hamilton second in the championship ahead of Fernando Alonso.

After six hours of deliberations the stewards said Williams and BMW teams were not punished because it was technically impossible to prove the temperature of the fuel within the car.

The statement noted that they had neither “A precise reading of the temperature of ‘fuel on board the car’ which shows fuel at more than 10 degrees centigrade below ambient temperature,” nor, “a regulation stating in clear terms that for the purposes of Article [6.5.5] the definitive ambient temperature shall be indicated on the FOM timing monitors alone.

“In view of the matters referred to above, the stewards consider that not withstanding the presumptions referred to above there must be sufficient doubt as to both the temperature of the fuel actually ‘on board the car’ and also as to the true ambient temperature as to render it inappropriate to impose a penalty.”

It remains to be seen whether the decision will or can be appealed.

Photo: Ferrari media

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