Coulthard loses appeal

David Coulthard has lost his appeal to be reinstated into second place for the Brazilian Grand Prix

Coulthard loses appeal

The FIA hearing, which took place on Monday, announced its findings at midday on Tuesday, finding in favour of the stewards who ruled Coulthard's car illegal.

The Scot had been disqualified from second place for having an illegal front wing. Coulthard, and his team, McLaren, argued that the particularly bumpy nature of the track damaged his wing, which was not illegal at the start of the race.

However, the international court of appeal ruled that the tolerance allowed for certain parts was +/-5mm, and the McLaren's wing was 7mm too close to the reference plane.

In any case, the court confirmed that the tolerance is designed for manufacturing inaccuracies, and not the effect of the circuit.

The court did not accept McLaren's arguments, on the basis that the team had plenty of time to assess the track condidtions, and to take appropriate steps.

An FIA statement concludes: "The International Court of Appeal therefore decided to confirm the Stewards' decision (document n° 33) pronouncing the exclusion of car n° 2 (David Coulthard) from the classification of the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix."

The announcement elevates Giancarlo Fisichella to second place in the drivers' standings with 8 points, and means Jenson Button is confirmed as the youngest driver to score a point, for sixth place.

Points standings going to Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix are confirmed as follows







































Pos


Driver


Team


Points


1


Schumacher


Ferrari


20


2


Fisichella


Benetton Playlife


8


3=


Barrichello


Ferrari


6

 

R Schumacher


Williams BMW


6


5


Frentzen


Jordan Mugen


4


6


Trulli


Jordan Mugen


3

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