FIA: BAR Guilty of Fraudulent Conduct

The FIA says the BAR-Honda team are "guilty of fraudulent conduct" for trying to deceive race scrutineers

FIA: BAR Guilty of Fraudulent Conduct

BAR, who have denied any wrongdoing, asked the court to dismiss the FIA appeal.

Their lawyer David Pannick QC said that such a sanction "would be manifestly disproportionate as would be any exclusion from future events".

BAR technical director Geoff Willis reiterated the team's position that they had done nothing wrong.

"At no time would I allow anybody in the team to do anything illegal, we have a common culture of integrity and fairness," said the Briton.

BAR told the court they had produced evidence that the car complied with weighing requirements at all times during the San Marino Grand Prix. 

The team said the car had no secret tank but a fuel collector aimed at distributing fuel efficiently to the engine.

According to BAR, the FIA technical staff was aware of the existence of that collector.

BAR admitted the collector had not been drained before the car was weighed but said the FIA regulations did not state it should have been.

FIA disagreed with that last point, writing in its dossier: "In designing a fuel system calculated to deceive the scrutineers into thinking the car had been drained of fuel when in fact it had not, the team was guilty of fraudulent conduct."

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