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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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Time to head to Belgium for the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix

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The Belgian Grand Prix is definitely one of my favourite races, the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix still evokes emotional responses from the inner F1 fan in me, the race was beautiful to say the least and sort of cemented my interest in formula one.

The 2008 Belgian Grand Prix is on the 7th of September at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The grand prix wasnt held in 2006, the last 3 races have infact been won by the Iceman Kimi Raikkonen, twice in a McLaren (2004,2005) and once in the scarlet Ferrari (2007).

While statistically the iceman is more likely to score a win in Belgium, whats more interesting is that Felipe Massa is just 6 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton while McLaren is also just around 8 points off Ferrari in the constructor’s championship. There was a discussion on blogf1.co.uk about Ferrari and team hierarchy. The truth is that most teams including McLaren have been following team hierarchy as well as team orders for a long time but somehow Ferrari is the only team that gets caught up in controversy whenever someone even suspects a team order was issued.

However the time now is really crucial, the Ferrari team is in a position where the use of team orders might mean the difference between a driver’s championship and seeing Lewis Hamilton wave the same championship from the sidelines.

So what do you think, should Ferrari resort to stealth team orders and win the championship ? Or should they play ‘like other teams’ and let nature decide the course of the championship.

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Written by Formula One Addict

August 31st, 2008 at 8:29 am

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