BAR cleared to race

After missing the first practice for the French Grand Prix due to the cars being impounded by court order, BAR is now cleared to race this weekend. The seizure order was lodged by PPGI, a company who claim BAR owes them money from a previous ...

After missing the first practice for the French Grand Prix due to the cars being impounded by court order, BAR is now cleared to race this weekend. The seizure order was lodged by PPGI, a company who claim BAR owes them money from a previous sponsorship agreement.

It was overturned by the court in an emergency meeting: "The order was totally invalid," team boss David Richards told Reuters. "And it's been lifted by the court this morning."

Richards may counter-sue for damages: "You can quite clearly see the methodology which has been used in this situation and we are now considering our position re damages," he said. "Now we can definitely prove damage."

Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button can now take part in this afternoon's qualifying session but will be at a disadvantage from missing practice.

"We're just going to go around slowly this afternoon, clearly it's a new circuit here now and the drivers have never driven on it before," said Richards.

"So they will drive around sensibly and there is little question that they will be at the back of the grid for qualifying tomorrow. How much of a handicap that will prove depends on the weather conditions."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Jacques Villeneuve , David Richards