Lewis Hamilton stripped of Belgian GP win – another asinine FIA decision

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Felipe Massa has been given the Belgian Grand Prix win by the stewards

Felipe Massa has been given the Belgian Grand Prix win by the stewards

Lewis Hamilton has had his victory in the Belgian Grand Prix taken away from him by the Belgian Grand Prix stewards.

The stewards added 25 seconds to his race time for cutting the chicane while battling with Kimi Raikkonen, leaving him third behind Nick Heidfeld.

This is an absolute travesty of a decision which mocks the notion that the FIA stewards are fair arbiters of the sport.

Hamilton cut the chicane on lap 42 of the race while alongside Raikkonen. Raikkonen forced Hamilton off the track by swerving across the front of the McLaren. Hamilton had been entirely alongside the Ferrari going into the corner.

Hamilton then let Raikkonen past him and re-took the Ferrari driver at the following corner. Despite taking the standard course of action to let Raikkonen regain his position, the stewards have stripped Hamilton of his win.

After letting Raikkonen re-pass him, Hamilton was no closer to the Ferrari driver than he had been before they went into the chicane. I do not agree any advantage was gained by Hamilton.

I also think it is disgraceful the stewards feel Raikkonen was not at fault in forcing another driver off the track. A similar piece of driving at Eau Rouge or Blanchimont could have lethal consequences.

Whether the stewards have done this to keep the championship close or keep their friends at Ferrari happy, this is an utterly lamentable decision.

It comes only two weeks after the stewards avoided stripping Felipe Massa of a win at Valencia for a clear infringement of the rules. This very weekend we saw further evidence that decision was bogus.

It is quite clear Ferrari can rely on the FIA to give them a favourable hearing at appeals.

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  1. boycott!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Surely Mclaren will appeal this crap, I can’t believe this.

  3. I honestly think that you should change the name of this site to MCLAREN-FANATIC.com cheers

    I’m out of here

  4. Ridiculous penalty decision. That I agree on.

    But to say Kimi was at fault is as ludicrous.

  5. Robert McKay said on 7th September 2008, 17:33

    What a complete crock of dogs muck this decision is. What a sham of a sport.

    What is a driver meant to do if they cut the chicane? Where in the rules does it say “driver must drop back X seconds”? Would it have mattered where he had dropped in back behind Kimi?

    Someone said on the live blog that Mclaren should boycott the next round – I heartily endorse that decision.

    I might do it myself too.

  6. I am absolutly speechless….Bloody hell. This is unbelivable. In my opinion Kimi was the one who forced Lewis off track at the bus stop. Not only that but he was swerving on the start finnish straight which I though was a bit out of order. Even Massa seemed upset with Kimi for his squeeze at the beginning.

    Are the FIA actually idiots! I am unbelivably angry….Ahhhh! Stop trying to ruin the sport we all love so much with unfair and baised penalties….A farse….this will surely be overturned? Kieth?

  7. Completely agree with SAV!!
    I just logged on to get a laugh…
    You cant win anything by cheating

  8. Nobody forces you to visit this site Sav, bye bye!

  9. Phil B said on 7th September 2008, 17:37

    Absolute travesty. One of the best ends to a GP I can remember and they have to rig it to give that useless little boy Massa half a chance. If he wins the 2008 WDC he will be the least deserving holder of the title.

    Will somebody please start a credible alternative to F1 so I can follow that instead?

    • Elio Hward said on 24th May 2009, 11:04

      If you dont like the results , watch something else. Massa came to within half a point at the end of the season so had he won the championship he would have deserved it

  10. Kimi did not force Hamilton off the track, Kimi had the line completely. Just because Hamilton braked late and had a wing in front means nothing, he wouldn’t have made the corner anyways. Hamilton did the same thing in France to Vettal, he should really learn how to pass…drivers aren’t supposed to pull over for you like Massa did in germany.

    Also, agree with Sav.

  11. one of the best races in years has now been spoilt by a bunch of
    idiots.
    lets just give the title to ferrari and be done with it and save all the trouble of the
    final five races

  12. Bye Sav

  13. This is BS. Sorry what is that Ferrari, you cant win fairly, you waste $50m on a driver that can drive if it is spitting and because of this your mates at the FIA penalise the most outstanding drives of the season.

    My rating on the race went from Great to poor, well done the FIA….

  14. donwatters said on 7th September 2008, 17:38

    What rubbish! The stewards should be taken out and shot! I’ve never in my many years of F1 fandom seen such an unfair, unsuportable and stupid ruling. Here’s an idea: Max should step in and overule the decision (with Whiting’s support) and thus clean up his image as the leader of the FIA.

  15. Time for some kind of petition maybe? Sack all the stewards?

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