Lewis Hamilton Excluded from Australian Grand PrixApril 2nd, 2009
Lewis Hamilton has been excluded from the Australian Grand Prix after the overtaking Jarno Trulli. Previously Jarno had reveived a 25-second penalty but now Trulli has now has his 3rd position reinstated and Lewis Hamilton lost his 3rd position.
Apparently Lewis or McLaren had giving ‘misleading’ information to the stewards by giving them a different version of the events which have been said said publicly shortly before.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh had the following to say:
We are disappointed by what has happened but in the circumstances we are not going to appeal. There is no implication that Lewis lied to the stewards.
As I understand there is a belief that the team was not explicit enough in the content of the radio communications to the stewards. What they believe is that the omission of the information about the radio communication between the team was withheld and that is misleading.
I believe it was a harsh decision. Lewis made a legitimate pass and then was repassed – at the time the team asked race control several times about the repass but they were too busy to answer that question so we felt the decision in the immediate aftermath was fair. I think it’s a regrettable day. It certainly wasn’t a deliberate attempt (to mislead the stewards).