Former racing ace Lauda says Hamilton was robbed of Belgian title

September 9th, 2008 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept.9 (ANI): Former racing champion Niki Lauda has said that Lewis Hamilton was robbed of victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, and described the penalty as the worst judgment in the history of F1. The Sun quoted the three-time world champion driver as saying that the sport was close to losing its integrity after Hamilton had been hit with a retrospective 25-second drive-through penalty for ”cutting a corner and gaining an advantage”.
“I do not understand this completely wrong decision,” said Lauda. Hamilton had attempted to overtake Kimi Raikkonen at the Bus Stop chicane at the end of lap 42 of the Spa Francorchamps circuit, but ended up using the run off area to avoid a collision.
Lewis had an advantage, but then he let him [Raikkonen] go by, then he simply out-braked him into the corner. There was no slipstreaming involved, nothing, claimed Lauda.
“So I do not understand this decision, and it’’s really bad for the sport because people watching will not watch any more because of this stupid decision,” added Lauda, 59. (ANI)

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