So. Lewis Hamilton and McClaren have lost their appeal over the drive-through penalty given to him during the Belgians Grand Prix for not giving up his advantage. It was predictable, because you cannot appeal drive-through penalties. However, the penalty was still wrong.
It would have been justifiable if Kimi Raikkonen, the driver he overtook, had finished the race behind him. However, Raikkonen crashed out soon after and so the event was inconsequential to the result of the race. Instead, by giving him a 25 second penalty, they hand the race to Ferrari driver Felipe Massa who did not lose out from the manoeuvre. The same Massa who won the race before despite being illegally released into the path of Force India's Adrian Sutil. The same Massa who did not get a drive through penalty for this as is usually the case, but got fined $10,000, despite risking the lives of the crew in the pit lane. In the GP2 race beforehand, Karun Chandhok received a drive-through penalty after being released into the path of another competitor. What was the stewards reasons for not punishing Massa? Apparently, “Unsafe release from pit stop, although no sporting advantage was obtained”. What has sporting advantage got to do with a rule based on safety!? And why was "no sporting advantage obtained" not given as an excuse for allowing Lewis Hamilton to keep his win in Belgium?
I've said it before on this blog time and time and time again, that the FIA is biased towards Ferrari. Maybe it is time to move on to a proper sport.
F1 = Ferrari First