Honda Opt against Fighting BAR Ban

BAR's co-owners Honda said they have accepted the Formula One team's two-race suspension for breaching car weight and fuel tank rules and will not fight the decision

Honda Opt against Fighting BAR Ban

"We felt the punishment was too harsh but any appeal now would only be bad for the sport," Honda spokesman Tatsuya Iida told Reuters on Tuesday.

"We had just got the car to perform to expectations so the timing of the ban is a big blow. It's very sad."

Formula One's ruling body the FIA has warned that BAR could face further sanctions unless the British-based team accepted its punishment gracefully.

Britain's Jenson Button was stripped of his third place at last month's San Marino Grand Prix and BAR were suspended for two races, last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix and the one in Monaco on May 22.

BAR's engine suppliers Honda said they were "hurt" by FIA's accusations of cheating.

FIA appealed against the decision of stewards to take no further action over the weight of Button's car at the San Marino race and called for BAR to be banned for the rest of the season.

The ban was the harshest action taken against a Formula One team for 20 years.

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