Lewis Hamilton missed a place on the podium in Melbourne, but following a now common post race dispute, has been awarded third place and six points for his hard fought drive from the back of the Melbourne grid.

Jarno Trulli received a 25 second penalty for passing under yellow flags and was relegated to 12th place and zero points.

Toyota have lodged an appeal against the penalty and so the results of the Melbourne Grand Prix may not be finalised yet.

As is normal in any motoring incident the two drivers saw the situation from their own perspectives.

Hamilton explained: “Jarno was in front of me, he made a mistake, out-braked himself and went quite far out on the grass.”

“I was forced to pass him, but he retook me under yellow flags.”

Trulli disagreed and said: “I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to finish third but have the result questioned.”

“When the safety car came out towards the end of the race Lewis passed me, but soon after he suddenly slowed down and pulled over to the side of the road.”

“I thought he had a problem so I overtook him as there was nothing else I could do.”

Did Hamilton feel that he might have “mistakenly passed Trulli behind the safety car” and remembering his run in with the stewards last year decided to play on the safe side and let him back passed or was it Trulli’s error?

Is Formula One plagued with stewards enquiries and too much fiddling with the results?  What do you think?

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