Stewards penalise Alonso, McLaren, for Hamilton hold-up

Sun, 5 August 2007, 01:02

Stewards late on Saturday night stripped Fernando Alonso of pole position following the qualifying pit controversy in Hungary.

His McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton has been promoted to top spot, while the Spaniard drops to sixth after FIA representatives at the Hungaroring accepted neither Alonso or the Woking based team’s explanations for the delay that cost Hamilton a shot at pole.

That decision is not subject to an appeal, but McLaren has appealed the stewards’ decision to strip it of any potential constructors’ points in Sunday’s race in Budapest.

It means McLaren has booked a second date at the FIA’s International Court of Appeal, which will be held separately to the case relating to the espionage saga at some point in the near future.

The stewards’ statement read: “The explanation given by Alonso as to why he remained in his pit stop position is not accepted.”

They found that Alonso “unnecessarily impeded” Hamilton.

“The explanation given by the team as to why they kept Alonso stationary is not accepted,” the stewards added.

The British newspaper Sunday Mirror, meanwhile, published details of the heated radio argument Hamilton had with boss Ron Dennis after the incident.

Hamilton: “Don’t ever f—ing do that to me again.”

Dennis: “Don’t f—ing talk to me like that.”

Hamilton: “You can go and f—ing swivel.”

Meanwhile, the stewards also dropped Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella five positions down the grid for blocking Spyker debutant Sakon Yamamoto.

The Roman falls from eighth to 13th.

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