FIA acquits Schumacher and Coulthard in appeal

In an FIA hearing on Thursday, the governing body of Formula One acquitted Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard of any wrongdoing in the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix, as they were ajudged to not have gained any performance advantage...

In an FIA hearing on Thursday, the governing body of Formula One acquitted Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard of any wrongdoing in the season-opening Brazilian Grand Prix, as they were ajudged to not have gained any performance advantage from the unapproved fuel.

They were reinstated them to the first and second places they scored on the track. As a result, Schumacher now leads the championship standings with 14 points, four more than archrival Damon Hill.

However, FIA maintained the sanction against Benetton and Williams for having used an unapproved fuel, and the teams' world championship points were denied. It is not clear, however, whether the other teams scored Constructors' Championship points using their actual finishes, or with the third-place Ferrari starting at 10 points for the team.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , David Coulthard , Damon Hill
Teams Ferrari , Williams , Benetton