Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fuel Row Hands Lewis Title Hope; Kept in the Shade: Lewis Hamilton and His Father Anthony Were Overshadowed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in Brazil Yesterday Brit Pack: David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fuel Row Hands Lewis Title Hope; Kept in the Shade: Lewis Hamilton and His Father Anthony Were Overshadowed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in Brazil Yesterday Brit Pack: David Coulthard and Lewis Hamilton

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Byline: DAVID SMITH

LEWIS HAMILTON'S world championship dream was still alive today afterhis McLaren Mercedes team launched an appeal against the result of theBrazilian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen's crown, claimed when the Ferrari driver won the final round ofthe title chase, is now in jeopardy. Hamilton could still celebrate an historicdouble by becoming first rookie to take the championship and, aged just 22, theyoungest champion in the history of Formula One.

McLaren boss Ron Dennis is demanding to know why three drivers who finished infront of HamiltonNico Rosberg of Williams and Sauber's Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeldwere not disqualified for infringing fuel regulations.

Had they been thrown out by the race stewards, Hamilton would have beenpromoted from seventh place to fourth.

That would have given the Briton a final championship total of 112 points, twomore than Raikkonen.

The outcome of the race was thrown into doubt not long after the chequered flaghad fallen when officials provided clear evidence that Rosberg, Kubica andHeidfeld had flouted regulations.

However, race stewards later concluded there was too much doubt over technicalreadings for them to safely impose punishment..

That verdict, reached six hours after Raikkonen had sprayed champagne from thetop of the podiumat 12.35am in Britainseemed to be one final kick in the teeth for Hamilton, who had gone into thedecisive 17th round of the championship holding a four-point lead over McLarenMercedes teammate Fernando Alonso and was seven points ahead of Raikkonen.

But his race went badly from the start.

Having careered off the track on the opening lap, a mistake which saw him dropfrom second on the grid to eighth in the race, Hamilton suffered a gearboxglitch seven laps later which sent him plummeting down to 18th position. …

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