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Lewis Hamilton Stripped of Belgium GP Win

Ryan WoodAnalyst ISeptember 7, 2008

Lewis Hamilton has been stripped of his Belgium GP win.

The FIA and stewards have handed Hamilton a 25-second penalty, which moves him into third place. Felipe Massa has been confirmed as the winner, with Nick Heidfeld second.

Even though Team McLaren contacted Charlie Whiting to see if the move was illegal, and Whiting replied that it was, McLaren has still been demoted to third.

Massa has now gained ground on Lewis' Championship bid, with just two points between them.

McLaren has not yet commented. More to follow!

Expect McLaren to appeal.

**UPDATE**

Mclaren have decided to lodge an official appeal against the stewards decision at todays Belgium GP.

Mclaren have officially said:

"We looked at all our data and also made it available to the FIA stewards," a McLaren spokesperson told Autosport.

 

"It showed that, having lifted, Lewis was 6km/h slower than Kimi as they crossed the start/finish line.

 

"Having passed the lead back to Kimi, Lewis repositioned his car, moving across and behind Kimi to the right-hand line and then outbraked him into the hairpin.

 

"Based on this data, we have no option other than to register our intention to appeal."

 

 

[One Eurostar ticket—£35, One can of Petrol—£10, A box of matches—£0.70, watching the FIA headquarters burn—PRICELESS]...I in no way condone arson*

*however, I make exceptions.

I AM GOING TO COMPILE ALL THE COMMENTS AND SEND THEM TO THE FIA, PLEASE COMMENT!

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