Hamilton stripped of Australian Grand Prix points and disqualified from race after inquiry

STEVENAGE-born World F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from last weekend s Australian Grand Prix.The 24-year-old had his third place and all subsequent points from the race chalked off.Hamilton actually crossed the finish line in fourth

STEVENAGE-born World F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been disqualified from last weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old had his third place and all subsequent points from the race chalked off.

Hamilton actually crossed the finish line in fourth place in Melbourne, but was later promoted to third ahead of Jarno Trulli following a stewards' inquiry.

After new evidence from the race came to light, the FIA held a hearing earlier today (Thursday,) and have now punished Hamilton and excluded McLaren Mercedes from the race.

Trulli's penalty has been overturned and the Toyota driver has been placed third again.

A post-race hearing had promoted Hamilton from fourth to third after Trulli was penalised for passing Hamilton while the safety car was out.

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Hamilton was summoned by stewards today to discuss what the FIA, motorsport's governing body, described as "a new element" of evidence.

It was not clear what the new evidence was, although it was thought to involve pit-to-car radio conversations between the team and driver, with the FIA ruling that there had been a breach of the international sporting code.

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