McLaren unhappy that Hamilton appeal was rejected
PUBLISHED: 12:50 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap
TEAM bosses at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are disheartened that their appeal over Lewis Hamilton s penalty was rejected. The 23-year-old F1 driver from Tewin appeared before the FIA s International Court of Appeal in Paris on Monday to try and overturn a 2
TEAM bosses at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are disheartened that their appeal over Lewis Hamilton's penalty was rejected.
The 23-year-old F1 driver from Tewin appeared before the FIA's International Court of Appeal in Paris on Monday to try and overturn a 25-second penalty imposed by race stewards after he had won the Belgian Grand Prix.
However, McLaren's appeal was ruled inadmissible by judges and their case was thrown out.
Martin Whitmarsh, the chief operating officer for the McLaren Group, said: "We are naturally disappointed with the verdict, and to have received no ruling on the substance of our appeal.
"No-one wants to win grands prix in court; but we felt that Lewis had won the Belgian Grand Prix, on track, in an exciting and impressive manner.
"Our legal team and witnesses calmly explained this, as well as our belief that the appeal should be admissible, to the FIA International Court of Appeal.
"It nonetheless decided that our appeal was inadmissible."
The McLaren team will now focus on the championship's final four races, starting with this Sunday's historic night race in Singapore.
Whitmarsh added: "We will now concentrate on the remaining four races of the 2008 Formula 1 season."
Following this week's court judgement, Hamilton leads the drivers' standings by just one point from Ferrari's Felipe Massa.