Pizzonia loses Monza second place
|Friday, October 4th 2002, 15:30 GMT|
Antonio Pizzonia's miserable Formula 3000 season was made complete today following a decision by motorsport governing body the FIA to disqualify him from the second place he scored at Monza last month.
The FIA's International Court of Appeal met yesterday (Thursday) to consider an appeal from Coloni Motorsport against Pizzonia's Petrobras Junior team and also Arden International.
In a release on Friday afternoon, the FIA announced that Pizzonia has lost the result. But Arden driver Bjorn Wirdheim has kept his maiden F3000 win, while his team-mate Tomas Enge has been elevated to second place. That pushes Coloni's Giorgio Pantano into third.
The Petrobras Lola was thrown out because the team ran a rear wing element upside-down to increase straightline speed at Monza. But the protest against the cars of Wirdheim and Enge running with their anti-roll bars detached was rejected.
If all three had been disqualified, Pantano would have been declared champion. As it is, he finishes second to Super Nova's Sebastien Bourdais, who inherited the title when Enge was docked 10 points on Tuesday for failing a drugs test.
There is some consolation for Arden, which has claimed the teams' championship by 11 points from Coloni.
Pizzonia drops from fifth in the points to eighth.