Ecclestone Warns BAR Against Civil Action

Formula One commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has warned the BAR team that going to a civil court could be a big risk for them

Ecclestone Warns BAR Against Civil Action

BAR are consulting their lawyers to find a way to take part in the Spanish Grand Prix despite being banned from the next two races.

Team boss Nick Fry did not rule out taking their case to a civil court after he slammed the ruling by the International Automobile Federation's (FIA) appeal court in Paris as "wholly and grossly disproportionate."

Ecclestone, however, said the move would be a mistake.

"I think they'd be silly to do that," Ecclestone said. "I think it would be bad for them.

"Other people might think they admitted they infringed the regulations. Anyone else is going to say they were warned at the start of the Championship, they decided to ignore it.

"I wouldn't want to go to a civil court personally, I think it's a big risk."

Formula One's supremo agreed with FIA president Max Mosley in claiming BAR's penalty could have been a lot worse.

"I thought it was a very fair thing to do, to be honest," added Ecclestone. "I feel they got off quite lightly."

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