Lewis Hamilton will today (Monday, September 22nd) give evidence to the International Court of Appeal in an effort to overturn the time penalty that saw him denied victory in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Stewards at the event controversially decided to hand the young Brit a 25-second penalty for cutting a corner on lap 42 of the 44 lap circuit, a move which enabled him to overtake Kimi Raikkonen, who was race leader at the time.
The 23-year-old thought he had followed the rules by promptly handing back the lead to his Finnish rival but the officials ruled that he had gained an unfair advantage which helped him win the race.
Their time penalty saw Hamilton demoted from first to third place but if he wins the appeal he can stretch his lead in the drivers’ championship from one point to seven.
Worldwide outrage greeted the decision, with only Ferrari employees and the Italian press supporting the stewards.
Joining him in the dock will be McLaren F1 CEO Martin Whitmarsh, his race engineer Phil Prew, the team’s director of legal affairs Tim Murnane and representatives from top London law firm Baker McKenzie.
Reports that McLaren could be handed a further points penalty if the verdict is upheld are untrue.
Written by James Christie