Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Liar' Lewis Disqualified from Aussie Grand Prix; Brit 'Deliberately Mislead' Stewards over Inquiry into Trulli Manoeuvre

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Liar' Lewis Disqualified from Aussie Grand Prix; Brit 'Deliberately Mislead' Stewards over Inquiry into Trulli Manoeuvre

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Byline: DAVID SMITH Sports Correspondent

LEWIS HAMILTON was today disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix after the world champion and McLaren were effectively accused of lying by race officials.

And after stripping Hamilton of third place, the FIA warned the driver and his team they could face further punishment.

Hamilton and McLaren were said to have given "deliberately misleading" evidence to stewards in Melbourne who were investigating why Toyota's Jarno Trulli overtook the Briton while running behind the safety car, which is against the regulations.

After new evidence was considered by a special meeting of stewards in Sepang ahead of Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, it was decided to exclude Hamilton from the Australian race's results.

McLaren lost their points for the constructors' championship and Trulli was restored to third place, behind Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

Trulli said: "I just wanted justice, and I am happy I got it. I have always been honest and it has paid off." Hamilton fled to his hotel without commenting but team principal Martin Whitmarsh said McLaren would not appeal and admitted: "We made a mistake. Experience has told us you've got to accept these decisions.

These things come along, and you have to build on your concentration for races to come." The controversy surrounded the climax to the race when Trulli careered onto the grass, allowing Hamilton to legally overtake as the Italian had lost control. The ' Liar' Hamilton disqualified from Aussie Grand Prix

McLaren driver is understood to have told stewards that, after Trulli had left the track, he momentarily moved off the racing line because he was distracted by a reading in his cockpit.

It was then that Trulli, believing the slowing McLaren had a mechanical problem, retook third place, which earned him a 25- second penalty which demoted him to 12th. …

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