Fuel probe puts doubt on Raikkonen's title

A post-scrutineering summons was issued to the Williams Toyota and BMW Sauber teams based on FIA stewards' analysis of the the fuel in the teams' cars. Nico Rosberg finished fourth for Williams, followed by the BMW pair of Robert Kubica and Nick...

A post-scrutineering summons was issued to the Williams Toyota and BMW Sauber teams based on FIA stewards' analysis of the the fuel in the teams' cars. Nico Rosberg finished fourth for Williams, followed by the BMW pair of Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld.

At issue is the temperature of the fuel; according to article 6.5.5 of the F1 technical regulations, "no fuel on board the car may be more than 10 degrees C below ambient temperature," and FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer confirmed that the difference exceeded that limit.

It is not clear what the fuel temperature was, when it was measured, what the ambient temperature was at the time, or how the weather conditions might have changed between the end of the race and the time of temperature measurement.

With no history of violations of -- or penalties for breaking -- this rule, it is difficult to predict what actions the stewards might decide to take.

Should they, in the extreme case, decide to disqualify the trio, Lewis Hamilton would be elevated to fourth place, giving the Briton the world championship in his rookie season and proving Kimi Raikkonen's celebrations at Ferrari premature. However, a lesser penalty seems the more likely course of action at this time.

We will provide updates as the situation develops.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Nico Rosberg , Robert Kubica
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , Williams