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GP Week : Issue 30
Championship battle hea WITH three races of the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship remaining, Lewis Hamilton has moved seven points clear of his nearest rival Felipe Massa following his third place finish in the Singapore Night Grand Prix. With both Ferrari’s failing to score, Hamilton has therefore extended his slender one point lead coming into the race by six valuable points. The week had begun with disappointment for McLaren, as its appeal against Hamilton’s retro-active drive-through penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix proving inadmissible at the FIA Court of Appeal. Ironically enough, however, the result of the Singapore Grand Prix gave Hamilton the six point advantage he would have gained from a victorious appeal. Ferrari endured a nightmare Singapore Grand Prix, as pole- sitter Felipe Massa was released from his pit-stop not only into the path of Adrian Sutil’s Force India car (replicating the same misdemeanour as at the European Grand Prix in Valencia), but this time with the fuel hose still attached to his car. The fuel hose broke away from the refuelling rig, pulling a number of Ferrari mechanics to the ground as Massa sped off down the pit-lane. He was handed a drive- through penalty for the incident, which occurred because the Ferrari traffic light release system turned green, indicating to the Brazilian that he was safe to leave his box. He finished 13th. “The green light was on and I went away after a fantastic first stint, but that’s really a shame,”Massa told reporters in Singapore. “Finishing a race like that is difficult to accept but we still