Lewis Hamilton wins but stewards investigate him and Raikkonen (Video)

Lewis Hamilton snatched victory in the Belgian Grand Prix from Kimi Raikkonen in the dying stages of the race.

But their thrilling duel as rain fell in the final laps of the race is being investigated by the stewards who feel Hamilton and Raikkonen may have broken the rules. Here’s a video of what happened:

The duel began when Hamilton caught Raikkonen on lap 42. He drew alongside the Ferrari on the outside of the chicane, but Raikkonen pushed him off the track

Is this what Raikkonen is being investigated for? Should he be penalised for it?

That meant Hamilton arrived on the start/finish straight ahead of Raikkonen. Having gained an unfair advantage he let Raikkonen past (which is what he should have done with Vettel at Magny-Cours) but then re-passed Raikkonen at the next corner (La Source).

Is this what Hamilton is being investigated for? Should he be penalised for it?

Later on lap 43 Raikkonen ran wide at Pouhon but regained the circuit without seeming to gain much of an advantage.

Then Hamilton came across a spinning Williams and had to drive off the circuit in avoidance. Raikkonen also took evasive action and seemed to hit Hamilton in doing so. But surely for both drivers this was an unavoidable consequence of Raikkonen trying to avoid the Williams?

I don’t think anything that happened on the last few laps deserves a penalty from the stewards. If anyone was at fault, it was Raikkonen for pushing Hamilton off the track at the chicane. But the stewards have already shown they don’t punish drivers for pushing each other off the track – as with Fernando Alonso and Hamilton at this track last year.

Do you think either driver deserves a penalty? What sort of penalty should they have?

Here’s what Ron Dennis had to say about the investigation on ITV:

First of all we don’t know what the investigation is about. One assumes it was the incident between Kimi and Lewis at the chicane. First of all, Lewis was ahead at the chicane and he got pushed wide. He definitely was in the lead coming out of the chicane, we immediately radioed him to let Kimi past. We let Kimi past and then overtook him again before the line.

Inevitably, we wanted to know whether we had actually, that was deemed to be a correction of that, and we checked with Charlie [Whiting], of course Charlie can only give an opinion, he’s not the stewards, but he gave an opinion that we had complied properly to the regulations. I would even dispute that there was any fault because we had the corner in the chicane, but even if we didn’t have the corner we let Kimi back in the lead.

Update: the stewards have passed their decision and stripped Hamilton of his win. More here.

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121 comments on Lewis Hamilton wins but stewards investigate him and Raikkonen (Video)

  1. The penalty is not because of the chicane. After that, in the zone where there is that big straight line, where the helicopters film, hamilton defending his 1st place changed lines twice, while defending one can only change line once. (sorry for my english, I’m not a native speaker)

  2. Smitty said on 7th September 2008, 15:07

    No penalty – it’s just racing!!

    It was an okay race until the rain fell and it became amazing! Good calls by Heidfeld and Alonso going in to get the inters – and good drives by the Toro Rosso drivers for a double points finish.

  3. bernification said on 7th September 2008, 15:07

    Trig, how did Lewis have more momentum, as he was in front of Kimi, let him pass before the white line, and then re-passed him. You’re challenging physical laws here;)

  4. steve thompson said on 7th September 2008, 15:08

    Hamilton clearly infringed Rule 345-4-B.

    ‘No McLaren driver shall humiliate a Ferrari driver and cause him/her to make a complete tit of themselves in the wall.’

    Victory o Massa then obviously.

  5. ajokay said on 7th September 2008, 15:08

    Firstly I saw nothing wrong, as Lewis was pushed wide, and let Kimi back through. he was then fully behind Kimi before he made his next move at the first corner. (Kimi then totallie-deliberately-liek-OMG tried to puncture Lewis’ rear right tyre during La Source).

    Secondly, Kimi then gained an advantage by staying off the track at Pouhon, which ultimately gave him the lead back at the entrance to the fast chicane (albeit helped by a badly parked Williams).

    Thirdly it doesn’t matter anyway because then Kimi (once again, wandering around on the tarmac runoff) stuck his car in the wall.

  6. Hamilton was beside Kimi on the straight and backed off, not enough. Kimi had no chance on the corner…thus he had to push much harder to get in front. If Hamilton had have been fair, then Kimi would have had the lead for the rest of the lap.

    Also, Dennis saying Hamilton was in front at the chicance? are you kidding me? Having a front wing ahead does not mean you’ve made the pass.

    Hamilton should be dq’ed.

  7. Obviously Kimi will be unhappy with the outcome but he must accept he only has himself to blame for crashing. If FIA alter the result, it’ll be a huge mistake. The end of the race was fantastic viewing, precisely what F1 needs. Other than that, the only marginal fault was Kimi pushing Lewis off at the chicane – a very mild version of Kovi’s move on Webber (punished with a drive through).

  8. Mr Soap said on 7th September 2008, 15:09

    I don’t really see how Hamilton could’ve got a better run at the last corner, given he had to be travelling slower than Raikkonen in order for Raikkonen to get the lead again up the inside of the straight and move physically in front of Hamilton to take the outside line round la source.

  9. Jolene said on 7th September 2008, 15:10

    Both Lewis and Kimi drove fabulously. No-one should be punished. The last few laps were absolutely riviting!

  10. I think Hamilton had a clear advantage because he could get side by side at La Source, which couldn’t otherwise if he had done the chicane. However I think Kimi didn’t give him enough room.

    Everybody can have his own opinion, but I think those are the facts.

  11. Spencer said on 7th September 2008, 15:11

    It’s all a joke. What’s to investigate? Did the FIA feel that the last two laps were too exciting?

  12. It was interesting that Ron Dennis jumped straight to Hamilton’s cutting the Bus Stop when asked about why the stewards were investigating.

    Raikkonen doesn’t deserve a penalty for the antics at the chicane – he drove robustly but fairly. He was ahead going into the second part of the Bus Stop and entitled to take his line. Lewis could have backed off but he opted not to – I can’t imagine him driving any differently in Kimi’s position.

    Whether Lewis gave Kimi back enough of an advantage is more marginal. Having gained a clear advantage by jumping the chicane, Lewis was still close enough to pass into the next corner. But the camera angle is deceptive and it might have made Hamilton appear closer to Kimi than he actually was. Who knows what the stewards will decide.

    Either way, Lewis deserves to keep his win – Massa drove reasonably well but doesn’t deserve to inherit this one.

  13. you might be right bernification… i just thought it was a bit dodgy at the time. He was closer to Raikkonen than he would’ve been had he taken the corner correctly.

    Just speculation on my part as to what he might be under investigation for…

  14. bernification said on 7th September 2008, 15:14

    aa- the fact was Lewis was on the oposite side when he ‘gained an advantage’ to that which he overtook on- so much for facts.

  15. The stewards should penalise both drivers. In current F1, fights on track are not allowed!

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