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Lewis Hamilton gets pole position at Japanese Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton steered his McLaren to a very important pole position today at the Fuji speedway. The rain from the morning had almost dried , and the conditions were ideal for the run of the mill qualifying session. Lewis Hamilton’s title rival Felipe Massa could only manage a fifth, while his teammate Kimi Raikkonen got the second place in his Ferrari behind the Brit.

Heiki Kovalainen made it in 3rd place making sure that McLaren can give a strong challenge in the constructor’s championship. Force India were as usual in dismal form and last place.

The Toyotas also fared well amongst rumours of bankruptcy and financial woes. They got 7th and 8th place respectively.

Result of the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix qualifying :

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.404

2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:18.644

3. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.821

4. Fernando Alonso (Spn) Renault 1:18.852

5. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 1:18.874

6. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:18.979

7. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:19.026

8. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:19.118

9. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.638

10. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.167

11. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.187

12. Nelson Piquet (Brz) Renault 1:18.274

13. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:18.354

14. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:18.594

15. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:18.672

16. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:18.835

17. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda 1:18.882

18. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:19.100

19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.163

20. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1:19.910

Photo : www.mclaren.com , media centre

Felipe Massa takes first pole under the lights at the Singapore Grand Prix

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Its an evening Felipe Massa shall never forget, the ambience was set, the lights were on and the Brazilian was in peak form. Felipe Massa steered his Ferrari F2008 in 1:44.801s, Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren was second on 1:45.465s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who clocked 1:45.617s. Its suspected that Felipe Massa is on a lighter fuel load than Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

Felipe Massa takes pole at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastien Vettel seems to be taking his new found confident forward, he got 7th place in his Torro Rosso. Force India were very disappointing with both the cars bringing up the extreme rear. Here are the top 10 positions of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix :

2008 Singapore Grand Prix start positions :

1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1min 44.801secs
2 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:45.465
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:45.617

4 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:45.779
5 H Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:45.873
6 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:45.964
7 S Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.244
8 T Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:46.328
9 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:46.611
10 K Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:47.547

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FIA Lewis Hamilton/McLaren verdict out, Appeal Rejected

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Felipe Massa is only 1 point behind Lewis Hamilton

Felipe Massa is only 1 point behind Lewis Hamilton

As expected , the appeal by McLaren formula one team was summarily rejected. Earlier i had asked whether drive through penalties can even be appealed, turns out they cant be appealed. As this was a drive through penalty , the appeal was rejected. The FIA rules clearly state that drivethrough penalties in the last 5 laps would result in a 25 second penalty instead of the drive in the pits. The appeal was declared inadmissible. The penalty had been given to Lewis Hamilton for cutting a chicane while fighting with Kimi Raikkonen for a position. Lewis Hamilton was disappointed by the decision 😛 , Lewis Hamilton still leads the championship but by only 1 point.

“All I want to do now is put this matter behind me and get on with what we drivers do best: racing each other. We’re racers, we’re naturally competitive, and we love to overtake.

“Overtaking is difficult, and it feels great when you manage to pull off a great passing manoeuvre. If it pleases the spectators and TV viewers, it’s better still. So I’m disappointed, yes, but not depressed.”

A lot of hullahoo was created around the appeal and the penalty itself. Many Ferrari phobic people questioned the integrity of the FIA and its stewards. A lot was suggested with the usual badmouthing of Max Mosely and Bernie. Already i think conspiracy theorists will start saying that the appeal was rejected as Ferrari stands to gain, anyway for the benefit of the sane, here is the exact paragraph from the rulebook :

Paragraph 5 of Article 152 of the International Sporting Code states: “Penalties of driving through or stopping in pit lanes together with certain penalties specified in FIA Championship regulations where this is expressly stated, are not susceptible to appeal.”

The decision in full

At the Grand Prix of Belgium, run on 7 September 2008, and counting towards the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting imposed a drive-through penalty upon the driver of car No. 22, Lewis Hamilton, for a breach of Article 30.3 (a.) of the 2008 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Appendix L, Chapter 4, Article 2 (g.) of the International Sporting Code.

As the drive-through penalty was imposed at the end of the race, 25 seconds were added to the driver’s elapsed race time in accordance with Article 16.3 of the FIA 2008 Formula One Sporting Regulations.

Article 152 of the International Sporting Code states that drive-through penalties are “not susceptible to appeal”.
The competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes appealed the Steward’s decision before the International Court of Appeal in a hearing in Paris on September 22nd.
Having heard the explanations of the parties the Court has concluded that the appeal is inadmissible.
The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr Philippe NARMINO (Monaco), elected President, and composed of Mr Xavier CONESA (Spain), Mr Harry DUIJM (Netherlands), Mr Thierry JULLIARD (Switzerland) and Mr Erich SEDELMAYER (Austria).

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September 24th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

McLaren to appeal drive through penalty

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McLaren formula one team in an expected decision announced their intention to appeal the penalty imposed on Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s 2008 Belgian Grand Prix terming it as harsh and excessive.

A lot of British formula one blogs are full of heated discussions with people blaming everyone from FIA to Max Mosely to Ferrari  even (LOL). The McLaren spokesperson was quoted as saying that Lewis Hamilton had infact backed off and given the position to Kimi Raikkonen back :

We looked at all our data and also made it available to the FIA stewards. 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.

While that argument makes a little sense, many others dont. For example i read an argument on the Internet that the penalty benefits 2 drivers who were not even part of the incident. Now what the hell is that supposed to mean ? Penalties arent supposed to be 3 seconds loss for a 3 seconds gain. There are rules, i dont think  Lewis Hamilton is the first person in history to be given a drive through penalty.

Then there are the allegations that this is being done to help Ferrari, now i remember that during last year’s spy scandal controversy also a lot of people were saying the same thing, but in the end McLaren did turn out to be thieves. Ronn Dennis wasn’t the angel people wee making him out to be.

Anyway, i couldn’t care less to which way this “appeal” goes, but its going to be one hell of a championship fight !

Written by Formula One Addict

September 8th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Felipe Massa wins the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton penalised

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Felipe Massa at 2008 Belgian Grand Prix

In what will come as a shocker to McLaren fans, Lewis Hamilton has been penalised for passing Kimi Raikkonen by passing a chicane by cutting it. It essentially places Lewis Hamilton at third place. The McLaren fans were shocked by the decision as it came after the race and celebrations.

Lewis Hamilton was penalised 25 seconds, a drive through penalty actually. The time was added to his time later on.

Kimi Raikkonen had led most of the race, but Lewis Hamilton in a controversial move cut across a chicane to overtake him. The move cost Lewis Hamilton dearly, Kimi Raikkonen while trying to pass Lewis Hamilton spun and went out of the race. But Felipe Massa was the ultimate gainer when Lewis Hamilton was penalised.

Now Lewis Hamilton leads Felipe Massa by only 2 points. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand lost out on his great run at the Spa track in what would have been his 4th win although for different teams.

In the constructor’s championship , Ferrari lead McLaren by 12 points, McLaren is on 119, while Ferrari is on 131.

Nick Heidfeld who was being criticised a lot, was promoted to second place with Hamilton’s disqualification.

New Classification after Lewis Hamilton’s drive through penalty at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix :

Pos Driver Team

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari

2. Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber

3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

4. Fernando Alonso Renault

5. Sebastien Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari

6. Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

7. Antonio Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari

8. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault

9. Timo Glock Toyota

10. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes

11. David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault

12. Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota

13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari

14. Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota

15. Jenson Button Honda 16. Jarno Trulli Toyota

17. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari

18. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari

Fastest lap of the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:47.930

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