FIA declares Hamilton crane ride ‘legal’

Tue, 24 July 2007, 11:34

F1’s governing body has given Lewis Hamilton’s controversial crane-lift out of the Nurburgring gravel trap a clean bill of health.

Some observers had wondered if McLaren’s championship leader and rookie sensation had received preferential treatment, after the similarly stricken cars of his rivals were hauled away from the track rather than back to it.

But the Times says the FIA “confirmed that the incident … was legal”.

Toro Rosso, however, clearly objected to the marshals’ response to Hamilton, after refusing to issue a post-race statement when both Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed remained beached at turn 1.

A subsequent report on the Faenza based team’s website said the Hamilton scenario was “something never before seen in F1”.

“Sadly, our boys were unable to do the same (as Hamilton), even though the race was actually stopped and re-started behind the Safety Car,” the team said.

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