An Unwelcome Intrusion
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An Unwelcome Intrusion

By:
, Richard Barnes

It should be remembered as a classic, thrilling Belgian Grand Prix on Formula One's most majestic stage - Spa-Francorchamps. Instead all anyone is talking about Lewis Hamilton's penalty - and, more crucially, why he was penalised

It could have been a classic - defending champion Kimi Raikkonen overcomes a recent run of disappointing performances to win his fourth grand prix at his favoured Spa-Francorchamps layout, reinvigorating his championship defence. And, for all but the last few laps of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, that is how it looked.

Instead, the race will forever be remembered for what happened between the revised Bus Stop chicane at the end of lap 42 and La Source hairpin at the start of lap 43. Rather than being a signature comeback performance by Raikkonen, Belgium 2008 will go down as another spotlight incident in the career of the reigning champion's likely successor, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.

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