Punctuality Costs McLaren A Championship

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According to the FIA text statement, of the decision handed down this week exonerating Williams and BMW of any wrong doing in Brazil with cooler fuel temperatures, McLaren did not file a formal appeal within the allowed thirty minutes after race results are posted. While many are calling foul, it is a well known published rule and although McLaren made their intentions known FIA delegates, no formal appeal was filed.

Leaving one to speculate that McLaren may have missed the championship by 30 minutes. Ouch!

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They have sabotaged themselves all along the way.

The Championship was theirs to lose and they lost it.

Negative Camber
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Ditto. They have really surprised me this year. A series of bad decisions, mishandled PR and two of the best drivers in F1. They completely blew it this year when they had every chance to make it.

they knew the rules as much as anyone else so why the lack of an official appeal and all the grandstanding in court? Because the rabid Lewis fans would shred them if they didn’t?

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Do teams ever. not. appeal possible technical infringements by others in a race?

Just wondering because if they don’t then maybe it could be painted as a deliberate act of decency, a gesture of magnanimity.

Then again posting at 8am can allow for crazy ideas.

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Makes one wonder, who’s managing the team, it’s a shipwreck! Like the titanic itself. For starters, they wouldn’t submit their on board fuel temperature, which raises the question, what do they have hidden underneath it all. Then they filed an appeal late and still got it underway… If they want clarification, calling the FIA up ain’t gonna cost you the 4-5 lawyers you showed up with. It ain’t even gonna cost you that much a dime! 30 minutes late? Well that must hurt…

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With all due respect to Mr. Davies, the world’s most expensive barrister’s have a copy of the FIA rules as well and they should have known that the appeal had to be filed 30 minutes after race results. If they were thinking McLaren’s verbal warning of appeal was good enough, one of them may have asked the FIA if the 30-minute rule was at play during the appeal process. Max let McLaren pontificate and fester under its own bravado and then re-directed the world’s most expensive barristers to something they should have caught from the beginning. Nice apologetics Andrew but… Read more »