While some might think this is another April fools joke, it certainly is not. Officials from FIA have disqualified Hamilton from the Australian GP after new evidence has shown that they had provided false or misleading information during a post race hearing.
Hamilton had finished the race in fourth position, but was moved to third when Jarno Trulli, who finished the race in third, was given a 25 second penalty for overtaking Hamilton while the safety car was out.
It is said that radio transmissions contradict the original story given to the officials by Hamilton and the Mclaren team. This is what the officials had to say: “The Stewards having considered the new elements presented to them from the 2009 Australian Formula One Grand Prix, consider that driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes acted in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event by providing evidence deliberately misleading to the Stewards at the hearing on Sunday 29th March 2009, a breach of Article 151c of the International Sporting Code.
“Under Article 158 of the International Sporting Code the driver No 1 Lewis Hamilton and the competitor Vodafone McLaren Mercedes are excluded from the race classification for the 2009 Australian Grand Prix and the classification is amended accordingly.”
Trulli has regained his original third place position again, while Hamilton and Raikkonen have zero points after the first race in the new season.