Lewis Hamilton Disqualified From The 2009 Australian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton has been sensationally disqualified from an epic Australian Grand Prix after allegedly lying and misleading race stewards after a hearing into Jarno Trulli’s alleged overtake under yellow flags.
In a weekend which saw the race stewards very busy, handing out multiple penalties it was found or at least alleged by Lewis Hamilton that Jarno Trulli have overtaken him under the yellow flags as the cars got into position behind the safety car after Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica had tangled.
Post race, Trulli wa shanded a 25 second penalty and subsequently demoted to 11th position. Hamilton was raised to 3rd.
However, in a new hearing at Malaysia after new evidence was brought forward, from race team radio’s it is found Hamilton was misleading the race stewards and has been disqualified.
A statement issued by the stewards said: “The Stewards having considered the new elements presented to them from the 2009 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, consider that driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes acted in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event by providing evidence deliberately misleading to the Stewards at the hearing on Sunday 29th March 2009, a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.
“Under Article 158 of the International Sporting Code the driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are excluded from the race classification for the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and the classification is amended accordingly.”
Trulli takes his 3rd place back and the points table is adjusted [see right].