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Latest update : 2008-09-23

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton pleaded his case before a FIA tribunal in a bid to recover 6 crucial points lost after he was demoted to third at the Belgian GP earlier this month. Formula One's governing body will announce its verdict on Tuesday.

Lewis Hamilton arrived in Paris Monday to appear before a three-man FIA tribunal hearing his Belgian Grand Prix appeal.
 
The McLaren driver is hoping to get his victory at Spa-Francorchamps reinstated after race stewards controversially docked him 25seconds, demoting him to third.
 
The Briton, the star witness in McLaren's delegation to the FIA's headquarters at the Place de la Concorde, was found guilty of gaining an advantage by cutting a chicane as he duelled with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages of this month's race.
 
The decision, which awarded title rival Felipe Massa victory in Belgium, cost the 23-year-old four world championship points.
 
He leads the title race by one point from Massa but should his appeal succeed and he is named the Belgian GP winner with Massa put back to second then he will extend his advantage to seven points with four races remaining.
 
Other outcomes include the FIA declaring the appeal "inadmissible" or the tribunal could uphold the original ruling by the Belgian stewards.
 
"All we can do is present the facts," McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh told the BBC.
 
"Most people who were watching would say Lewis deserved to win that race and not Felipe.
 
"I'm probably slightly partisan on this but I do actually believe that's what most people would imagine.
 
"We have just got to present the data and, whatever the outcome is, that is the outcome.
 
"We are not counting on those points, we hold the lead at the moment in the drivers' championship by one slender point and we can expand upon that in the coming races."
 
The verdict is due to be announced on Tuesday as McLaren and their pit lane rivals head off to Singapore for Sunday's inaugural night race.
 

Date created : 2008-09-22

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