FIA ruling - more depth and reaction

Ferrari argued that the boards were within the 5mm tolerance allowed by the regulations. This despite Ross Brawn showing the gap at Malaysia. The FIA also said that the method of measuring was suspect. Max Mosley: "The court of appeal...

Ferrari argued that the boards were within the 5mm tolerance allowed by the regulations. This despite Ross Brawn showing the gap at Malaysia. The FIA also said that the method of measuring was suspect.

Max Mosley: "The court of appeal criticised, with some justification, our methods of measurement. There was also criticism by the court as to the regulation itself. We will be looking closely at the methods of measurement."

Mercedes-Benz statement:

"With great surprise, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport takes note of the FIA Court of Appeal's verdict. We are disappointed because this verdict has created a basis on which other precedents may occur and the credibility of the top category in motorsport can be doubted by critics."

"This carries a lot more weight than the fact that this verdict will allow a thrilling World Championship finale in Suzuka, in which two drivers still have the chance to clinch the title on their own accord. It will then have to be decided whether the top category in motorsport is organised on the basis of unambiguous rules and regulations which are accepted without reservations by all teams which enter cars in the Formula One World Championship."

"In the case on hand, we felt, along with many motorsport experts, that there was no room for interpretation. The interpretation of the regulations in this way will therefore inevitably raise numerous questions among the international media, the interested public throughout the world and Formula One critics."

"Irrespective of today's decision, our team will continue to prepare for the season's last race in Suzuka, Japan, and will, in conformity with the existing sporting rules, do everything in its power to win the race, thereby proving that it is possible to win the World Championship while observing existing rules and regulations."

Paul Stewart: "Before we arrived in Paris, we were under the impression that this was a clear-cut case of a breach of the FIA technical regulations by Ferrari."

"Fresh evidence was presented at the hearing by the FIA which acknowledged that the level of infringement was in fact half of the original measurement taken by the FIA Technical Delegate at the Malaysian Grand Prix."

"Based on the fact that 5mm is the accepted level of tolerance applied to that particular measurement under FIA regulations, and the court was satisfied that no infringement had occurred, we accept the court's decision to uphold Ferrari's appeal."

Eddie Irvine: "It's fantastic! They've given back a result on the track that we fully deserved. Now I'm thinking of next Sunday, and winning the title for Ferrari."

Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Ross Brawn , Paul Stewart
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes