British veterans split over ‘cool fuel’ saga

Mon, 22 October 2007, 01:22

Two veterans of the British formula one scene are split over Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of winning the 2007 world championship at an upcoming Court of Appeal hearing.

Former team boss Eddie Jordan, whose Silverstone based outfit is currently known as Spyker, agrees that stewards at the Brazilian grand prix probably made the right decision not to penalise a trio of questionably legal cars.

Had Nico Rosberg (Williams) and the two BMW-Saubers been excluded for using fuel that was too cold on Sunday, Hamilton would have gained the points he needed to beat Kimi Raikkonen to the crown.

But Jordan told BBC’s Radio Five Live that it is impossible to prove that the trio’s fuel was too cold at the time that it entered their cars.

“I’m not sure you can do that unless you’ve got a very, very sophisticated special rigging system telling the telemetry as the fuel is going through the gantry into the car,” he said.

“Clearly, if it was there and it was readily available, the stewards would have acted on that and it would have had an immediate effect with the cars being excluded,” Jordan added.

1996 world champion Damon Hill, meanwhile, bristled at the stewards decision, suggesting that a witch-hunt against McLaren may still be going on.

“I think on past performance the FIA is prepared to persecute McLaren for any infringement that they’ve made this season,” said the Briton.

Hill also thinks that the fact Ferrari stood to lose the title may have influenced the stewards’ decision in Brazil.

“There is that feeling,” he admitted.

“You have to say there’s no doubt there does sometimes seem to be one rule for Ferrari and another for everyone else.”

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