I know this isn’t going to make me popular, but I’m surprised that McLaren has decided to pursue its appeal against the demotion of Lewis Hamilton from first to third in the Belgian Grand Prix.
Amid all the righteous indignation, I’ve not yet heard or read anything to convince me that Lewis did not gain an advantage by cutting the chicane at the Bus Stop.
And, so far as I’m aware, the rules don’t say you must simply relinquish any positions gained, but that you must not gain an advantage. So the question is very straightforward: had Lewis followed Kimi through the Bus Stop in the usual way, would he have been in a position to outbrake him at La Source? If not, an advantage was gained.
Of course the punishment did not fit the offence - if, indeed, an offence there was - but of all teams, McLaren must know that if it gives the FIA so much as a piece of string, it will be hanged by it.