Button BAR-Honda team under fire

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Jenson Button's BAR-Honda team should be thrown out of the Formula One championship since it raced an underweight car at the San Marino Grand Prix.

Button BAR-Honda team under fire

Paris:

Jenson Button's BAR-Honda team should be thrown out of the Formula One championship because it raced an underweight car at the San Marino Grand Prix, a top official from the sport's governing body said. BAR-Honda representatives were appearing before an appeals body to explain why Button's car ran under the minimum 600-kilogramme weight at Imola last month. "These are very grave allegations and would not be made without real and serious grounds," said Pierre de Coninck, general secretary of the FIA, who was presiding over the hearing. "BAR failed to comply with the rules systematically. We believe BAR must be excluded and be fined $1.29 million," he added. Denying any wrongdoing Button's car was found to be five kilogrammes below the minimum requirement after he finished third at Imola on April 24. BAR, who have denied any wrongdoing, asked the court to dismiss the FIA appeal. A verdict is expected on Thursday. The hearing centered on the legality of two carbon-fibre fuel tanks located in the car's main tank. The team says the tanks pressurise fuel before it is injected into the engine. The BAR- Honda team - represented by David Pannick - appeared before 18 judges at FIA headquarters in Paris. Pannick, who once represented Queen Elizabeth II in an injunction against a UK newspaper, repeatedly denied there was a concealed mechanism in Button's car. (AP)



Topics : Honda Formula 1 Kimi Raikkonen Jenson Button Ferrari
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