FIA say Phoenix cannot race

Within hours of landing in Malaysia yesterday, would-be F1 team Phoenix's efforts to enter the 2002 World Championship were blocked by the FIA. The team, backed by UK financier Charles Nickerson and Phoenix Finance, bought two chassis from the ...

Within hours of landing in Malaysia yesterday, would-be F1 team Phoenix's efforts to enter the 2002 World Championship were blocked by the FIA. The team, backed by UK financier Charles Nickerson and Phoenix Finance, bought two chassis from the defunct Prost Grand Prix which were to be supplied with engines by Arrows' boss Tom Walkinshaw. Former Prost driver Gaston Mazzacane said he has a contract to drive for the team but, as expected by many, the FIA has refused Phoenix entry.

The governing body of F1 released a statement saying the court that oversaw the liquidation of Prost had not transferred the team's entry to this season's championship.

"Phoenix Finance Ltd and Mr Charles Nickerson have informed the FIA that they have purchased certain assets from the judicial liquidator of Prost Grand Prix, and have indicated that they intend to present two cars for scrutineering at the Malaysian Grand Prix." The statement said.

"Having examined the judgement of the Tribune de Commerce de Versailles, the FIA's advisers have noted that the court has not transferred Prost Grand Prix itself nor made any attempt to transfer the Prost Grand Prix entry in the 2002 Formula One World Championship, either to Phoenix Finance Limited or to Mr Nickerson."

"The FIA has therefore informed Phoenix and Mr Nickerson that they are not entered in the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship and that it cannot allow them to participate in Malaysia, even on a provisional basis."

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Series Automotive , Formula 1
Drivers Gaston Mazzacane , Tom Walkinshaw