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Dated: 03 April 2009

Possibility of further punishment for Hamilton


The threat of suspension or disqualification from the Formula One world championship hangs over Lewis Hamilton after being caught lying to FIA race stewards.  Hamilton and McLaren have been accused of acting "in a manner prejudicial to the conduct of the event by providing evidence deliberately misleading to the stewards" at the hearing on Sunday. Hamilton had already been excluded from classification in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
A FIA spokesperson confirmed: "Given the seriousness of this matter, we cannot rule out further action at this stage." Since Hamilton has been excluded from the race in Australia should the FIA take further action this would take the form of suspending Hamilton from a further race or races, or they could disqualify him from the championship altogether.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has made it clear there will be no appeal, although has jumped to Hamilton's defence, insisting he did not lie. Speaking before the FIA made public their findings, Whitmarsh said: "There is no implication Lewis lied to the stewards.

"I think he answered the questions put to him in an honest manner but, according to the stewards, the team should have provided a fuller account of what happened.'

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