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


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. If you want to really do something then contact FIA direct :
    Here is an FIA administration email address –

    I just did a test to ascrivener@fiacommunication.com (the UK lawyer for F1)it bounced back in 30sec, but now after some 5 mins -no returns for the following :
    I have just sent an email to A Scrivener (ascrivener@fia.com) and it has not returned, so any of the following people who are at the FIA should be contactable….see http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/E688E726E7A6A7B4C1257384006176A8/$FILE/CompoTAI2007-2008.pdf?Openelement
    for a full list of members

    Or how about on a current FIA publication…….
    Richard Woods
    FIA Director of Communications
    Tel +33 1 43 12 58 14
    Fax +33 1 43 12 58 19
    Email rwoods@fiacommunications.com

    Now load that onto a web site for everyone to see!!!!!!!

  2. Probably a most unfair penalty, afterall F1 is supposed to be about racing.
    Hamilton was advised that the Race Director was OK with his giving up the position. He then raced and won.

    However the comments regarding the appeal ( waiting to see the result before Monza) are pie in the sky. The appeal if even it is allowed to be heard will not come before the court until nearly or even after the season is over.

    Let Hamilton show that he can win despite probable bias and undue influence by the F1 mafia(t)

  3. I thought this laid it out pretty well


    what are your thoughts?
    has everyone moved on?

  4. mail123456 said on 12th September 2008, 19:05

    FIA clarifies chicane-cutting position

  5. i guess hamilton didnt need the appeal anyway……

  6. I condemn FIA/FERRARI joint venture….

    Lewis is an aggresive driver and he deserves a title…..
    Last yesr he was a rookie and this is his second year……
    so I would say,
    “Neihbor’s(Ferrari/FIA) envy owners(Ron Dennis/McLAREN) pride…”
    Best of luck to Lewis……

  7. second position was again perfectly OK for his World Championship

    Thats Lewis though, he takes risks for the racing, unlike the Ferrari drivers which are happy to do ‘just’ enough – and even then fall short.

  8. Toby said on 23rd March 2009, 22:14

    I still laugh at this, and all the other mistakes Hamilton has made in his 2 year f1 career, which are quite a few now, haha :)

    Still in all seriousness Hamilton WAS in the wrong and deserved it, anyways the bugger won the championship anyway so who cares. Oh and now hes done that Ron Dennis has left :) Woppey! thumbs up from everyone then

    Cant wait until Melbourne
    Good luck to Kubica and BMW

  9. Rookie said on 24th May 2009, 11:31

    Not only that but all the mistakes he is now still making in his third year! Ruining his tyres and multiple spins in Shanghai, 20th by the first corner in Bahrain and can’t even complete four laps of qualifying in Monaco. Dont even get me started on having to lie his way get better results at the expense of punishment to his peers…

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