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GP Week : Issue 28
What we really meant was... KERS still in FIA clarifies corner-cutting rules after Belgian controversey THE FIA has meted out a clarification over its expectations on drivers to redress unfairly gained advantages through the cutting of corners, following Lewis Hamilton’s controversial Belgian Grand Prix penalty. FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting reportedly informed the F1 grid of the governing body’s expectations during the F1 Drivers’Briefing on Friday at Monza. In future, should a driver cut a corner or chicane and gain a position, not only will he have to give back the position, but will have to wait at least one corner after ceding the position before he attempts to retake it. FIA President Max Mosley, who attended his first Grand Prix since Monaco at the weekend, also moved to refute claims that the body over which he presides had any anti- McLaren vendetta in the wake of Hamilton’s penalty: “Any suggestion there is a bias for or against any team or driver is completely untrue. Absolutely not,”Mosley told Reuters at the Italian Grand Prix. The FIA President went on to reveal that he still believed that Lewis Hamilton was the favourite to take the 2008 World Championship, and would deserve the title should he go on to win it. “I think he is a brilliant driver and it would be really excellent for Formula One and the World Championship if he won it,”he said. “But that doesn’t mean we are going to help him or hinder him. We are going to be utterly neutral. “But, that said, it would be brilliant if he won because he is a supreme talent and when it’s difficult that’s when we see it. He has done a great job and, whilst we can admire, we mustn’t assist or hinder.” ADVERTISE in GPWEEK to access a huGE global audience