Lewis Hamilton’s lost victory in the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix at Spa still rankles with him 10 years on.
Hamilton, who was driving for McLaren at the time, finished first on the track but fell to third place in the final classification when the stewards penalised him for an incident involving Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton was given a 25-second time penalty for “cutting the chicane and gaining an advantage”, according to the stewards. His penalty promoted Felipe Massa to first place ahead of Nick Heidfeld. Raikkonen crashed out with two laps to go.
Speaking in a video for the official F1 website titled “A Letter to my Younger Self”, Hamilton made it clear he still feels the penalty was unjust.
“Don’t let the FIA screw you in Spa,” he said. “You’ve got to be careful.
“They will say it’s OK for you to let Kimi by and that you’ve done enough. And at the end of the race they will not let you keep that win.
“So you have to do double, you have to do more. Let Kimi by and give him a good margin so they can’t use it as an excuse.”
The FIA rejected McLaren’s attempt to overturn the penalty on the grounds that it could not be appealed against.
Hamilton announced a new two-year deal to continue driving for Mercedes earlier today.
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