Ecclestone: BAR Seem Guilty

Formula One commercial rights owner Bernie Ecclestone believes BAR-Honda will be found guilty in the case brought against them by the FIA today, at the Court of Appeal in Paris

Ecclestone: BAR Seem Guilty

The FIA accused BAR with fraudulent conduct after additional fuel was found in the car during scrutineering for the San Marino Grand Prix despite the team allegedly claiming there is none left in the car.

And Ecclestone, who attended a lunch in London today to promote the French Grand Prix next month, said BAR seem to be on the losing side.

"From the information available, you have to assume they will be found guilty," Ecclestone said. "There is always a reason these things happen, it is never a mistake.

"I wouldn't have wanted to argue the BAR case."

Asked what kind of a penalty he expects the team to receive if found guilty, Ecclestone said: "There are a million things you could do.

"I suppose if they are not excluded from the Championship, you could say that the constructor cannot score points in the Championship, and maybe exclude any points the driver has now, and all the other ones [from here on] would count."

But Ecclestone was against a financial fine, saying it would not be a deterrent in the case of teams, and in fact could encourage teams to break the rules. "If you can do that, why don't the teams at the beginning of the season give over a cheque and say: 'if I am caught, cash the cheque'?

"That's what I would do."

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