McLaren will appeal Hamilton’s penalty

McLaren-Mercedes have confirmed that they will lodge an appeal against stewards’ decision to penalise Lewis Hamilton for cutting the chicane during his battle with Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

“We have no option other than to register our intention to appeal,” a McLaren spokesperson said in Spa-Francorchamps.

“We have studied the details and put them before the FIA stewards. They show that after cutting the chicane Lewis lifted off, he was 6 kph slower than Kimi.”

“After conceding the lead to Kimi, Lewis repositioned his car on the right and beat Kimi on the brakes going into the hairpin.”