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McLaren appeal moved.

Wednesday, 14th November 2007

Hearing moved to London from Paris.

The FIA has confirmed that the Court of Appeal hearing into the Brazilian Grand Prix is to be moved from Paris to London.

The hearing, which will take place at 10am on Thursday, has been moved due to transport strikes that are set to take place in the French capital over the coming days with the decision taken to move to London instead.

The hearing was called after McLaren appealed against the decision of race stewards at Interlagos not to penalise either Williams or BMW Sauber after both teams were found to be running irregular fuel in the season ending race in Sao Paulo.

Should the hearing decide in McLaren's favour then Nick Heidfeld, Robert Kubica and Nico Rosberg all face exclusion from the race although that wouldn't automatically mean that Lewis Hamilton would be promoted to fourth place - which would give him the points needed to secure the title.

Hamilton himself has already said he doesn't want to win the title through others being excluded and would prefer to win the championship on track in the future.

"It would feel weird after Kimi did such a fantastic job in the last two races and won on Sunday," he told BBC Radio 5 Live after the season finale last month. "I want to win it on the track. You want to do it in style, you want to win the race or be battling it out for the lead. Being promoted after other people have been thrown out is not the way I want to do it..."

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McLaren lawyer seeks title for Hamilton

By Alan BaldwinThursday, November 15th 2007, 12:23 GMT
A lawyer for McLaren called on Thursday for Lewis Hamilton to be handed the points that would make the Briton, and not Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, this year's Formula One world champion.
Barrister Ian Mill told an FIA international appeal court hearing that the BMW Sauber and Williams cars that finished ahead of Hamilton in last month's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix broke the rules on fuel temperature and gained an advantage from the breach.
If the three drivers involved are disqualified, Hamilton could move up from seventh in the race to fourth - handing the 22-year-old British rookie the points needed to overhaul Raikkonen.
However, the stewards do not have to move Hamilton up the race order and the driver has said he wanted to win the title on the track and not in a courtroom.
Finland's Raikkonen beat Hamilton by a single point at the end of the 17 race season.
"The principle is clear," said Mill. "If there was a breach, it was performance-enhancing. The sanction, I'm afraid, has to be disqualification."
The lawyer urged the four independent judges, who are expected to publish a judgment on Friday, not to be influenced by the fact that the title could be at stake.
"I ask you to address this as though it was any team at any stage of the season," he said.
"Whenever in the past there has been a disqualification, there has been a re-classification... All we ask you to do is what normally happens."
The appeal, made on behalf of McLaren by the British governing body, was against a stewards' decision not to sanction BMW Sauber and Williams at Interlagos despite readings suggesting their fuel was cooler than the rules allow.
The stewards ruled that there were "considerable discrepancies" in the data.
McLaren were fined $100 million and stripped of all their constructors' points in September in a spying controversy involving Ferrari.
The governing body ruled at that time, however, that the McLaren drivers should keep their points because of an amnesty offered to them if they provided evidence, despite strong arguments against them remaining in the championship.
Mill used that same argument against McLaren's rivals.
"The driver may be entirely innocent...but he has the benefit of the infringing car," he said.
"It must be right that if the team is disqualified, the driver loses the points as well. In the other case, the drivers were offered immunity if they assisted the FIA."
Lawyers for the other teams involved had yet to present their cases.
The opening hour of the hearing was devoted to the issue of whether the appeal was admissible, with the judges from the United States, Greece, Portugal and Czech Republic still to rule on that.
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Ferrari slams rival's 'grubby' legal moves.

Thursday, 15th November 2007

If Hamilton is handed the title in Court of Appeal, it will be bad for the sport, Maranello insists.

Ferrari's lawyers have hit back at McLaren as the FIA International Court of Appeal hearing into the ‘illegal fuel' issue gathers pace, insisting it would be ‘a serious injustice' should Kimi Raikkonen be deprived of his world drivers' title in a London courtroom.

What's more, the Scuderia suggested the sport itself would be badly harmed should the judges come down on McLaren's side and move Lewis Hamilton up the finishing order in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix by disqualifying the BMW-Saubers and Williams' from the results.

“It would be highly damaging for the sport if the title were to won this way,” news agency Reuters quotes the Italian team's lawyer Nigel Tozzi as having told the court, “with the fans probably feeling it was more about grubby manoeuvring by the lawyers than skill behind the wheel.

“It would be a serious injustice to Mr Raikkonen were the championship to be taken away from him. As McLaren have always said, the championship should be decided on the race track and not in the courtroom.”

Having lost out on the crown by a sole point to Raikkonen in a dramatic final outing at Interlagos, Hamilton could yet inherit the title if Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica are thrown out over the fuel controversy – with the fuel in their cars having been measured as being too cool in the wake of the Brazilian Grand Prix, thereby handing the drivers a theoretical advantage.

However, even if the drivers concerned are disqualified, it would still be up to the stewards' discretion as to whether to promote Hamilton up the order or not, with the Brit himself having stressed he does not wish to win the championship in this manner.

In response to comments from McLaren that they were not appealing in order to clinch the title through the back door, but rather to gain a clarification over the rules, Tozzi argued if those remarks were not truthful they would condemn members of the team as “shameless hypocrites devoid of any integrity”.

Along with representatives from both BMW-Sauber and Williams, Tozzi reasoned McLaren's case was inadmissible in the first place because the team had not been an interested party in the stewards' initial enquiry and had not appealed against the race classification.

BMW's lawyer Ian Meakin also alluded to ‘naked opportunism' on McLaren's part while suggesting that, even if the appeal were to prove successful, the maximum penalty for the two teams should be no greater than a fine.
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Fuel appeal adjourned and moved back to Paris.

Friday, 16th November 2007

Argument drags on as teams' lawyers state their cases.

McLaren's appeal into the illegal fuel' case that could decide the fate of this year's world drivers' laurels has been adjourned and will conclude in Paris home of the FIA, the sport's governing body today (Friday).

The Woking outfit had protested the decision of stewards in Interlagos after the four BMW-Sauber and Williams cars were found post-race to have been running fuel cooler than the regulations allow, thereby theoretically handing them an advantage over their rivals. The stewards elected not to disqualify the cars in question, but should that be overturned on appeal Lewis Hamilton could move up three places in the finishing order and with it steal the crown away from Ferrari rival Kimi Raikkonen.

The hearing was moved to London yesterday (Thursday) because of transit strikes in France. According to The Associated Press, after legal representatives from all of the teams involved McLaren-Mercedes, Ferrari, BMW-Sauber and Williams had presented their cases, the appeal was adjourned until today (Friday), where it will resume in Paris.

Once all the arguments have been made, the four judges John Cassidy, Vassilis Koussis, Jose Nacedo E Cunha and Jan Stovicek will determine the outcome of the case, and resolve whether Hamilton is to be promoted or not.

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