FIA president Max Mosley once said he didn't take on the role of being one of the most powerful men in international sport in the hope of winning a popularity contest.

Just as well, I would have thought, after Sunday's extraordinary ruling after the Belgian Grand Prix, which saw Lewis Hamilton stripped of victory and dropped to third place after he was given a 25sec penalty for allegedly gaining an unfair advantage for straight-lining a corner during his epic battle with Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari.

At a stroke the FIA stewards opened all the old wounds within the F1 pit lane which were just beginning to heal following the governing body's lunatic decision to fine McLaren $100m for alleged industrial espionage against Ferrari last season.

It also came at a time when it seemed as though the world championship contest was settling into an excellent two-way battle between Hamilton and Felipe Massa, who inherited victory at Spa to narrow his deficit to just two points behind the McLaren driver.