Lewis Hamilton could today extend his lead in the drivers’ championship from one point to seven points without even stepping into his car if an appeal against a time penalty imposed on him during the Belgian Grand Prix is successful.
The sport’s ruling body, the FIA, will make the appeal verdict public today with Hamilton and the McLaren team unlikely to be the only people interested in the verdict.
With only four races left in the season, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa knows that the court deliberations could ultimately decide who is crowned champion, though six drivers have a mathematical chance of winning the championship.
Scottish racing legend Jackie Stewart, speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, warned that the FIA traditionally upholds decisions regarding fines and time penalties.
So it might be just as well that Hamilton, during an interview with the official Formula One website, seemed intent on concentrating on the next race in Singapore rather rather than dwelling on Belgium or Italy, where he finished low down the grid.
He said: The Monza result doesn’t mean anything for the next race."
Written by James Christie