http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/74138 wrote:Hamilton, Trulli summoned by FIA
Lewis Hamilton and Jarno Trulli have been formally summoned to a fresh stewards inquiry to discuss what happened between them under the safety car at the Australian Grand Prix.
Although the stewards ruled that Trulli had been in breach of the regulations, the Toyota driver has maintained his innocence - claiming that Hamilton slowed deliberately.
Speaking to Malaysia's New Strait Times, Trulli said: "The FIA really got it wrong in that decision. We have all the evidence, including Hamilton's admission, that I did not overtake him. He let me pass.
"Under those circumstances, Hamilton had a problem and he slowed down, almost stopping. And he allowed me to pass. There was nothing else I could do, but keep going, and in order to do that, I had to pass him."
Hamilton said in the immediate aftermath of the race that he slowed down to let Trulli pass him following instructions from his team.
The FIA has called the meeting under Article 179b of the International Sporting Code, which gives the governing body the right of review of events if 'a new element' is discovered.
The FIA has recalled Olafur Gudmundsson and Steve Chopping, stewards from the Australian GP, to the hearing with Hamilton and Trulli - which is to take place at 1pm local time in Malaysia. In addition, Malaysian GP steward Surinder Thatti will join them to rule if the decision to demote Trulli should be upheld in Malaysia.
Toyota's team radio at the final stages of Australian GP:
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/74141 wrote:Vettel asked by FIA to discuss penalty
Sebastian Vettel has been asked by the FIA to go and discuss the 10-place grid penalty he was handed for his involvement in a crash with Robert Kubica at the Australian Grand Prix.
The German's Red Bull Racing team has confirmed that Vettel has been asked by FIA race stewards' advisor Alan Donnelly to go through the rationale for being hit with a penalty for the clash that came as he fought for second place with Kubica in Melbourne.
It is not clear whether the FIA is considering revising the penalty off its own back, but Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner made it clear his outfit was not involved in any formal bid to reduce the punishment.
"Alan Donnelly has asked to have a chat with Sebastian to go through the rationale behind their penalty," said Horner, when asked by AUTOSPORT to clarify the situation.
"To me I thought the penalty was harsh. We thought it was very much a racing incident. Sebastian was defending his line and it [the penalty] depended on what was discussed during the stewards' hearing. So I think Alan wanted to speak to Sebastian about that. I think that is the long and short of it."