F1: McLaren appeal will be heard in London

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarTuesday, November 13th, 2007

 
 

McLaren’s appeal over the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix, which decided the outcome of the 2007 drivers’ championship, has been moved from Paris to London.

The meeting of the FIA’s International Court of Appeal, due to take place on Thursday, was facing disruption from a rail strike in the French capital.

A complaint was lodged by McLaren after the three cars that finished in fourth, fifth and sixth places in that race were found to have had fuel irregularities.

The team is seeking the disqualification of Williams’ Nico Rosberg plus BMW’s Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

Few people, including Lewis Hamilton himself, would be keen to see the result of the contest decided in a courtroom and FIA president Max Mosley has already said he does not expect the result to change.

McLaren’s intention in lodging the appeal, as well as fielding allegations that it had sold its driver short, is likely to be similar to that behind its complaint about industrial espionage at Renault.

The team appears to be intent on demonstrating how FIA rules are not being applied consistently between teams.

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