Suspended Penalty Makes BAR Vulnerable

BAR are more vulnerable to a bigger penalty than the rest of the Michelin teams in next week's hearing of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, Autosport-Atlas has learned

Suspended Penalty Makes BAR Vulnerable

The governing body will almost certainly favour fines rather than a series of bans if they decide to punish the Michelin teams for their withdrawal from the United States Grand Prix. However, BAR are under a six-month suspended penalty for illegally running fuel as ballast at this year's San Marino Grand Prix, and sources have suggested that that sanction will almost certainly be taken into account if the teams are all found guilty next week of not having acted in the best interests of the sport.

Amid growing suggestions that Indianapolis race promoters may try and seek damages from Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone for the events that marred Sunday's race, there is a likelihood that teams themselves could be forced to foot the compensation bill for the organisers and fans who were affected by the turn of events.

FIA president Max Mosley was widely quoted on Tuesday claiming that a big fine was a possibility if the teams were found guilty. "I think Michelin and the seven teams should compensate the fans," he said.

Although race suspensions for all seven teams are not a realistic option, because future events would then be left with only the six-car field that caused the controversy in the first place, the possibility of BAR being suspended cannot however be ruled out.

The FIA's decision to ban BAR for two races earlier this year because of the San Marino Grand Prix incident has shown that the governing body is willing to come down harsh on teams that it believes have broken the rules.

The seven Michelin teams have been charged with committing acts prejudicial to the interests of a competition and of motor sport in general in failing to ensure they had suitable tyres for the race, refusing to allow their cars to race and in making a demonstration by pulling into the pits before the start of the race.

The FIA itself was unavailable for comment.

shares
comments
GP Promoters Seek to Assure Fans
Previous article

GP Promoters Seek to Assure Fans

Next article

Teams Accept Some of Mosley's 2008 Plans

Teams Accept Some of Mosley's 2008 Plans
Load comments
How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits Plus

How getting sacked gave Mercedes F1’s tech wizard lasting benefits

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells STUART CODLING about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Plus

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at
 Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as BEN ANDERSON discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren  Plus

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren 

From being lapped by his own team-mate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Plus

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing windtunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher Plus

The invisible enemy that’s made Hamilton’s title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles at a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay Plus

Why F1’s inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax Plus

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021’s title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Qatar Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021