Hamilton’s win at Fuji Speedway under investigation 

Written by David on October 04th, 2007 at 2:23 pmLast Update: February 19th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Lewis Hamilton Fuji Speedway Japanese Grand Prix 2007 winnerFormula One officials are investigating Lewis Hamilton’s victory in last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix, amid allegations that he engaged in improper driving, a FIA spokeswoman said Thursday. Officials are reviewing video evidence suggesting that Hamilton’s driving behind the safety car at the rain-lashed Fuji Speedway led to a crash that ended the race for Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.

“New evidence has been brought to the stewards’ attention and they are currently looking into the matter,” said the spokeswoman for the FIA, the sport’s governing body. Hamilton was expected to meet with Formula One stewards on Friday. The British rookie leads the race for the world championship by 12 points, with two races left. But if found guilty of improper driving, his points from Japan could be erased or, more likely, he could face a grid penalty in Shanghai.

The incident was missed by official TV coverage but Webber and Vettel have since been critical of Hamilton. Webber almost overtook Hamilton but the British driver slowed and moved to the right of the track. The Australian was then knocked out of the race by Toro Rosso’s Vettel.

Amateur video of the incident (Updated):

(Mirror in case it gets removed: LINK HERE )


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