Hamilton Out and McLaren In Dog House: Cheating Once Again!

Billy AmannCorrespondent IApril 2, 2009

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 27:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes attends the drivers press conference following practice for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park Circuit on March 27, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton was handed and then stripped of a third place finish in Melbourne earlier today.

The FIA have reviewed the evidence given, with proof from the teams radio, and have decided to disqualify the the world champion. Jarno Trulli's 25 second penalty has been revoked and he has been allowed his third place.

The heart of this article is not my displeasure at the FIA for doing what is fair and what is right (for once), it's my displeasure at the team and driver I have chosen to support.

Mclaren and Lewis Hamilton have been found guilty of cheating once again.

Why? Is it because they believed this was the best chance they have of scoring points before they are able to try and claw back some down-force? I don't know.

One thing is clear, they have cheated once again, by giving misleading information in order to gain an advantage.

Hamilton cheated to gain an advantage at Spa, Mclaren did it in unbelievable fashion in 2007 with the "spygate" saga.

Surely a huge organisation like Mclaren, in one of the most televised sports in the world, should know better.

It's not good for the sport and it's not good for the team. By the team I mean the mechanics who have to work all night getting the cars ready, and the guys who put up their media centre.

I now call in to question Martin Whitmarsh's credibility to head the F1 Team's Alliance.

It may or may not be his fault directly, and I do not doubt for one second that he is up to the job, but as the leader of a stable for all F1 teams, this cheating stain on his reputation leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. 

If the fans are the most important part of F1's appeal, why do you insist on annoying and disappointing your own?