French police impound BAR F1 racecars

French police impounded all three BAR F1 cars in the Magny-Cours pits yesterday evening as the team prepared for this weekend's French GP. The move is the latest episode in the team's ongoing dispute with France Corbeil, a Canadian TV producer who is said to have negotiated a BAR sponsorship contract with Teleglobe. Corbeil claims he is owed over $3m in commissions on the deal. The cars have missed the first practice session this morning

French police impound BAR F1 racecars

A statement from BAR boss David Richards read: "As you are aware, a person called France Corbeil of a company called PPGI has obtained a seizure order overnight on the cars. This dates back to 1998 and a verbal contract he claims he made with Craig Pollock. Craig disputes this and I support Craig wholeheartedly in this situation.

"We never knew about this until five years afterwards when he came to speak to us three months ago about this situation. He served the order on us tonight after the court had closed knowing that we are in court tomorrow morning at nine o'clock to have it overturned.

"I'm totally confident that at nine o'clock tomorrow morning (Friday) our legal team will be in court and have this matter resolved in time to go qualifying or first practice at 11 o'clock."

Shortly before the 2003 Monaco GP, Corbeil tried but failed to get a court order to seize BAR equipment at the event, due to a lack of supporting evidence. Corbeil tried again in race week and this time Monaco's Court of First Instance issued an order allowing a bailiff to seize BAR equipment. However the team declined to cooperate and its transporters left Monaco intact.

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