Judge, Jury, Executioner …
“FIA took the unusual step of appealing against its own stewards’ decision after the Imola race.”
FIA seeks BAR disqualification [Sportal]
Wednesday, 4 May 2005 9:07:06 PM AEST
Formula One chiefs have called for BAR Honda to be disqualified from the 2005 championship at an appeal hearing in Paris on Wednesday.
The F1 team has been hauled before a court of appeal to provide an explanation as to why Jenson Button’s car was found with a secret fuel tank at Imola.
In a statement at the hearing, the FIA asked that the team be disqualified for the season and fined.
“The FIA asks the court to exclude the BAR team from the world championship and to fine the team at least one million euros,” the statement read.
A lesser penalty would see Button lose the six points he won in Imola.
Button finished third in the San Marino Grand Prix but faces disqualification or more after a post-race check found a hidden fuel compartment inside the main tank.
The Briton’s BAR Honda was found to be five kilograms below the 600kg minimum weight imposed by the FIA, when that tank was drained of its load.
Although race stewards eventually declared the results official after six hours of discussions, the FIA was unhappy with the stewards’ decision and launched the appeal.