Hamilton will attend appeal court

Ron Dennis has confirmed that Lewis Hamilton will attend the International Court of Appeal in Paris on 22nd September where the team are appealing against the retrospective 25 second penalty which was given to the driver at the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend.

Hamilton was given the penalty after Belgian Grand Prix race stewards decided he had not properly resumed his position after cutting the chicane whilst battling with Raikkonen over the lead near the end of the race. After the race, the stewards chose to give Hamilton a drive-through penalty and as the race had already been completed, this equated to a 25 second time penalty. Despite the Brit winning the race on-track, the penalty demoted him to third place, handing Ferrari s Felipe Massa the win.

Despite the appeal being close to the Singapore Grand Prix and therefore potentially interfering with Hamilton s race preparations, Ron Dennis has confirmed to news agency SID that the driver will attend the appeal as the primary witness.

“Of course it isn t ideal so soon before a race, but we think it is important [for him to attend]”, Dennis explained.