Stoddart: Bans may Lead to Boycott

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart claims the team could boycott the French Grand Prix if the FIA's World Motor Sport Council hands the seven Michelin-shod outfits 'draconian' penalties on Wednesday

Stoddart: Bans may Lead to Boycott

The seven teams were summoned to appear in front of the council for charges of bringing the sport into disrepute, after they orchestrated a boycott of the US Grand Prix last weekend.

FIA president Max Mosley told BBC Radio Five Live the teams face penalties at the WMSC hearing from reprimand to a lifetime ban from the sport - but Mosley stated he believed the punishment would not be as light as the former option or as heavy as the latter.

"Obviously you don't sanction people unless they are guilty and the first thing you've got to do is listen and see what they have to say because there are two sides to every story," Mosley said.

"If they were found guilty, then it goes all the way from a reprimand through to being banned for life. I don't suppose either of those two alternatives would arise but there's a big range of things in between."

Stoddart, however, warned that any form of punishment more than a reprimand could lead to a backlash from the teams.

"In the worst possible situation of some kind of draconian penalty, would the other teams race? I think we would have a meeting and you wouldn't guarantee it," Stoddart told BBC Radio. "If it is anything more than a reprimand [then it would be wrong]. The teams were totally innocent victims, as was the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as were the American public."

Stoddart said a ban would almost certainly lead to an appeal in front of the FIA's International Court of Appeal, "and then it would end up in the civil courts," the Australian said.

"[The penalty] could be anything; I heard unofficial reports of what it might be, ranging from a $2.5 million fine to a suspended ban, to all kinds of possible things.

"I would hope Max would come to his senses, but who knows?"

shares
comments
France Preview Quotes: Michelin

Previous article

France Preview Quotes: Michelin

Next article

Mosley may Need to Resign, Says Stewart

Mosley may Need to Resign, Says Stewart
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021