F1 season finale: McLaren to appeal FIA decision

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarMonday, October 22nd, 2007

 
 

It’s not over until the fat lady sings…

McLaren are appealing against a decision by the FIA to take no action over three cars that were found to be running with fuel temperature irregularities.

The cars of Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg, driving for the BMW Sauber and Williams teams, were found to have fuel temperatures below the permitted minimum, a circumstance that could lead to a power advantage.

As anyone paying close attention will know, these are the three cars that finished ahead of Lewis Hamilton, depriving him of the points he needed to beat Kimi Raikkonen to the drivers’ championship.

But, after representations from the teams and a three-hour discussion, the stewards decided to take no action.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, McLaren have asked them to reconsider.

Our view: a less than perfect end to a less than perfect season. After Ferrari won the constructors’ championship in a courtroom there’d be a delicious irony in them losing the drivers’ championship the same way.

Unfortunately, two wrongs don’t make a right.

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