Hamilton’s title blow
By Mikhaila Crowie
8 September 2008
Lewis Hamilton was stripped off his win at the Belgian Grand Prix, leaving him just two points ahead of Ferrari Driver, Felipe Massa.
Race stewards ruled that the McLaren Mercedes driver had gained a clear advantage by cutting a chicane in a cat and mouse chase with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Raikkonen lead for most of the race when Hamilton caught up with him and gave chase in the last two laps.
The time penalty given to Hamilton demoted the year-old to 3rd place, with Massa taking the Belgian Grand Prix title. BMW-Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld was promoted to second position after initially finishing 3rd.
After a media briefing, Hamilton said he challenged Raikkonen “fair and square”.
McLaren will challenge the stewards decision.