Sep.9 (GMM) McLaren on Tuesday confirmed in a statement that the team is proceeding with the appeal against Lewis Hamilton's controversial penalty that cost him the Belgian grand prix victory.
In a press statement, chief executive Martin Whitmarsh said race control - headed by the FIA's Charlie Whiting - confirmed "twice" that they believed the championship leader had done enough to redress the advantage after he cut the Bus Stop chicane.The stewards subsequently disagreed that issued Hamilton with a drive-through penalty, which because applied so late in the race took the form of a retrospective 25-second addendum.Whitmarsh said: "If race control had instead expressed any concern regarding Lewis' actions at that time, we would have instructed Lewis to allow Kimi to repass for a second time."To the Reuters news agency on Tuesday, one of the three stewards on duty last Sunday, Surinder Thati, denied the penalty was applied as part of a conspiracy against McLaren."We acted professionally and within the rules," the Kenyan said."I know I am a very unpopular person in the UK right now but I was doing my job and I know I acted professionally," he added.