Phoenix to contest FIA ruling

Phoenix have not given up on their intention to join Formula One after the FIA ruled that they could not race at the Malaysian Grand Prix. They believe the FIA have been given 'seriously flawed' legal advice on the matter and are looking to get...

Phoenix have not given up on their intention to join Formula One after the FIA ruled that they could not race at the Malaysian Grand Prix. They believe the FIA have been given 'seriously flawed' legal advice on the matter and are looking to get the decision overturned as soon as possible. Phoenix, who picked up pieces of Prost, arrived in Malaysia with two cars for the race but were ruled out of taking a place on the grid. The FIA, the sport's governing body, said that the court overseeing the closing down of Prost had not transferred the team's entry into the 2002 Championship to Phoenix.

Phoenix Finance's managing director Charles Nickerson thinks the FIA are wrong: "It seems that the legal advice which they have received is seriously flawed," he said in a statement from London. "Either the FIA's advisors have misunderstood the judgment of the French court or were not in possession of all the information when they gave their advice."

Nickerson went on to cite Phoenix's French lawyers; saying that the rights of the former Prost team, including it's entry to the 2002 championship, had been transferred to his company in accordance with French law and the FIA were notified in writing on 28th February. "We are sorry that we have been blocked from participating in the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix. Phoenix intends to redress this situation and to take up its rightful position on the starting grid as soon as possible," Nickerson concluded.

If Phoenix do win their fight they may face further problems to get competitive cars on the grid. Representatives of tyre giants Bridgestone and Michelin have already stated they have not been approached by Phoenix and it could be months before they were in a position to supply another team. Former Prost driver Gaston Mazzacane said earlier this week that he has a contract with Phoenix and ex-Minardi driver Tarso Marques has been linked with the team.

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Series Automotive , Formula 1
Drivers Gaston Mazzacane , Tarso Marques