BAR Ready to Fight in Civil Court

BAR have not ruled out challenging the FIA's decision on the legality of Jenson Button's BAR at the San Marino Grand Prix in the civil courts if they are thrown out of the World Championship

BAR Ready to Fight in Civil Court

The Brackley-based team will hear on Thursday whether the FIA Court of Appeal does agree with the governing body that the team deliberately cheated by illegally using fuel as ballast during the San Marino Grand Prix.

Should the court decide to follow the FIA's call for the team to be thrown out of the 2005 World Championship, then BAR have warned that they not take the ruling sitting down.

With the FIA Court of Appeal the highest authority within the governing body to make a decision, that means BAR would have to resort to civil action in a bid to appeal the penalty.

"What happens next obviously depends on the severity of the punishment dealt out," said team boss Nick Fry. "Obviously if we were to be excluded from the Championship then we have no choice but to take it further, but we are assuming at the moment that that won't be the case."

When asked whether that definitely meant a civil court action in the event of being thrown out of the Championship, Fry explained: "In terms of the FIA and the Concorde Agreement, obviously this is the final port of call as it were. So we can go no further.

"We would only consider that eventuality (of going to the civil court) if the requested penalty of getting chucked out of the Championship was imposed because then we would have nothing to lose.

"And secondly, if there was a major suggestion that we have cheated because we have not, then that really goes to the core of the operation of our team and we would have to refute that."

It is not clear whether the team would choose to appeal the decision if it were to receive a penalty of race bans rather than complete exclusion from the Championship.

Should the Court of Appeal agree with BAR's defence and clear them of any suggestions of foul play, then the FIA themselves will accept that verdict.

shares
comments
Australia to Follow Commonwealth Games
Previous article

Australia to Follow Commonwealth Games

Next article

Ecclestone: BAR Seem Guilty

Ecclestone: BAR Seem Guilty
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022