BAR miss first French GP practice

BAR had to miss Friday's practice session for the French Grand Prix as the cars were still impounded after yesterday's seizure by the French police. A decision was expected earlier this morning by a court hearing but as yet there has been no ...

BAR had to miss Friday's practice session for the French Grand Prix as the cars were still impounded after yesterday's seizure by the French police. A decision was expected earlier this morning by a court hearing but as yet there has been no ruling.

Team boss David Richards had been confident the matter would be resolved before practice but BAR is still waiting. Richards hopes to have the cars up and running within half an hour of the hopefully favourable outcome.

"We are negotiating with Honda for quicker warm-up procedures," he said. "It's a question of warming up the engine and gearbox, getting the water in the engine hot enough. We'll plug the heaters into the car, pump hot water into them."

"We then have to get the gearbox warm enough. Everything is designed to operate at temperature, and if you just put false loads through it when its cold all the clearances are wrong and we'll break something. We normally take about 40 minutes and we think we can get it down to 25."

The cars were impounded due to a financial wrangle that dates back five years, before Richards was team principal. A former sponsor is claiming a handshake deal with Craig Pollock means around $3million is owed. BAR, obviously, refute the claim.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Richards