Date set for McLaren Hungary appeal

Date set for McLaren Hungary appeal

The FIA has confirmed that a date has been set for McLaren's appeal to regain the constructors' points it lost at the Hungarian Grand Prix after stewards penalized the team for an incident in qualifying. The International Court of Appeal will meet...

The FIA has confirmed that a date has been set for McLaren's appeal to regain the constructors' points it lost at the Hungarian Grand Prix after stewards penalized the team for an incident in qualifying. The International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris on September 19th to decide whether the original stewards' decision will remain valid.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.
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During qualifying at the Hungaroring Fernando Alonso allegedly deliberately blocked provisional pole-sitter and teammate Lewis Hamilton in the pit lane. McLaren held Alonso for 20 seconds before the lollipop lifted then the Spaniard remained stationary in his pit box for a further 10 seconds with Hamilton waiting behind.

Hamilton did not have enough time to cross the line for another flying lap before the chequered flag ended the session. Alonso just made it and went on to take pole position. However, the stewards investigated the matter -- who instigated the investigation is unclear -- and did not accept McLaren or Alonso's explanations for the pit delay.

Alonso was subsequently penalized with a five-place grid demotion for impeding another driver but the stewards also ruled that McLaren would be disallowed any constructors' points that it scored in the race. Hamilton, who regained pole due to Alonso's penalty, won and Alonso finished fifth, so McLaren lost 15 points. The team was not certain it would go ahead with the appeal but later confirmed it would.

The September 19th date is just six days after the appeal to be heard in regard to the Ferrari 'spy' case. McLaren was found to be in breach of the sporting regulations by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC), after it was determined that designer Mike Coughlan was in possession of Ferrari data, but no penalty was given as it could not be proved that McLaren had used the information to its advantage.

Unsurprisingly, Ferrari was not happy about the decision and after receiving a request from the Italian Automobile Club FIA President Max Mosley agreed to send the matter to appeal. If it is proven that McLaren did gain from the Ferrari data the Woking squad faces anything from a reprimand or fine to exclusion from not only this year's championship but next year as well.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton
Teams Ferrari , McLaren