BAR 'Appalled' by Court Verdict

The BAR team have said they are "appalled" at the verdict of the FIA's International Court of Appeal, which decided to ban the outfit for two races as well as disqualify them from the San Marino Grand Prix

BAR 'Appalled' by Court Verdict

The team will miss Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix and the Monaco round on May 22 and were also excluded retroactively from the Imola race - the toughest action against a Formula One team for 20 years.

BAR's Jenson Button had finished third and his Japanese teammate Takuma Sato was fifth at Imola last month.

The team claimed the penalty has been "grossly disproportionate" and said they were now considering their options.

"BAR Honda is appalled at the decision of the FIA International court of appeal and asserts that the judgement is contrary to all of the evidence heard yesterday," the team said in a statement.

"The team proved that it complied with the current regulations, and the FIA now acknowledges that the regulations are unclear. While the international court of appeal reject the FIA's original accusations of fraud and deception, BAR Honda says that this penalty is wholly and grossly disproportionate.

"The team is advised by its legal council that the judgement is plainly wrong based on the evidence presented and is currently examining its options."

Team boss Nick Fry said he didn't know when BAR will make their next step known, but claimed that "the team has every intention of qualifying and therefore need to get on track as soon as possible."

When asked if BAR intended to race at Barcelona this weekend, Fry said: "Yes, we have every intention to do so."

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