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Lewis Hamilton takes a trip down memory lane after signing Mercedes contract

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It has been 10 years since the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa where Lewis Hamilton famously finished in first position, but was controversially demoted to third after the FIA reviewed an incident with Kimi Raikkonen and consequently gave the Brit a 25-second penalty. 

However, this has not stopped Hamilton from feeling aggrieved. 

Hamilton and Raikkonen were neck and neck at the front of the pack with a couple of laps left, when the former left the chicane and rejoined in front of the Finnish driver.

However, in an act of goodwill, he then let the Ferrari driver overtake him, before passing him again at the next bend.

This resulted in the 25-second penalty, meaning Felipe Massa was gifted the victory, with Nick Heidfeld coming a close second. 

Speaking after he announced a two-year contract extension with Mercedes, Hamilton made it clear that he was still disappointed in the decision. 

Speaking in a video for the official F1 website, Hamilton's bittersweet words were as followed: “Don’t let the FIA screw you in Spa.

“You’ve got to be careful.

“They will say it’s OK for you to let Kimi by and that you’ve done enough. And at the end of the race they will not let you keep that win.

Belgian Formula One Grand Prix: Race

“So you have to do double, you have to do more. Let Kimi by and give him a good margin so they can’t use it as an excuse.”

After the news broke that Hamilton had been demoted, he used all his effort and power in an attempt to overturn the penalty.

However this was rejected, leaving Hamilton powerless and extremely agitated. 

The argument against Hamilton's appeals was the fact he simply did not give Raikkonen enough time to reinstate the lead he already had, and despite this being undoubtedly harsh, it is very hard to argue with.

However, with every second precious in such a big race, Hamilton can definitely feel hard done by the FIA on this occasion.

This did not set back Hamilton too much, as the British driver went on to win dozens of races, as well as a rackful of individual and team accolades.

He is now one of Formula One's most decorated competitors, as well as building a legacy in his native Britain. 

Formula One fans across the world will have their eyes on the upcoming German Grand Prix this weekend, as Hamilton will look to replicate his French Grand Prix form after narrowly missing out on home turf at Silverstone last week.  

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