Ferrari whining about Hamilton during Interlagos Qualifiers 

Written by David on October 20th, 2007 at 9:50 pmLast Update: October 20th, 2007 at 9:50 pm

Lap 36 Europe GP Nurburgring 2007Ferrari on Saturday complained to the stewards about an incident involving McLaren’s championship leader Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at Interlagos. Although the Italian squad has not presented a formal protest, it is understood that Sporting Director Stefano Domenicali pointed out to the stewards, and offered to provide team telemetry that supports the claim, that Kimi Raikkonen was held up on a flying lap through the Senna-S as Hamilton emerged from the pit lane late in the session.

The pair were seen discussing the incident after the session, and Ferrari strategist Luca Baldisseri is believed to have told television reporters that Raikkonen lost three to four tenths behind the Briton. In the McLaren garage, meanwhile, a Brazilian FIA observer named Carlos donned a set of headphones as he listened in to any evidence that Fernando Alonso was disadvantaged in his fight with Hamilton for the title. Alonso ultimately qualified fourth, a few tenths off Hamilton’s pace, and blamed having to start the ‘Q3′ phase behind his team-mate as the decisive difficulty.

“The main problem was starting behind my team-mate as usual,” he told Italian television RAI, then referring to his badly grained ‘super soft’ Bridgestone tires.”To pass the finish line with just three seconds to go makes you go too fast on the out lap,” Alonso added. Team boss Ron Dennis did not seem disappointed, though, as he assessed Hamilton’s front row berth and next step towards winning the title. “It’s good, it’s almost all in his hands now,” he told the British broadcaster ITV.

source: GMM

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