McLaren lose appeal over Hamilton's Belgian Grand Prix penalty

PUBLISHED: 17:26 23 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009

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McLAREN have lost their appeal against Lewis Hamilton s drive-through penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix. The International Court of Appeal in Paris rejected McLaren s bid to have Hamilton s victory at Spa-Francorchamps reinstated. The 23-year-old Formul

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McLAREN have lost their appeal against Lewis Hamilton's drive-through penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The International Court of Appeal in Paris rejected McLaren's bid to have Hamilton's 'victory' at Spa-Francorchamps reinstated.

The 23-year-old Formula 1 hero from Tewin was hit with a retrospective 25-second penalty by race stewards for cutting a chicane.

That demoted him from first to third place at Spa, handing victory to Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

McLaren argued that their driver had not gained an advantage at the Bus Stop chicane and had allowed Kimi Raikkonen to retake the lead straight afterwards.

However, the FIA ruled McLaren's case against the drive-through penalty as inadmissible and the judges upheld the stewards' decision.

"Article 152 of the International Sporting Code states that penalties of driving through 'are not susceptible to appeal'," said the FIA in a statement.

Hamilton will now start the Singapore Grand Prix on September 28 just one point ahead of closest challenger Massa following the Paris court hearing.

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