FIA rejects Raikkonen protest, BAR to appeal

British American Racing lost their protest against Sauber driver Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix, but have decided to appeal - leaving the result provisional for anything up to seven days. BAR believe that...

British American Racing lost their protest against Sauber driver Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix, but have decided to appeal - leaving the result provisional for anything up to seven days.

BAR believe that Raikkonen illegally overtook Luciano Burti's Prost on lap 66 after Jenson Button had spun off in his Benetton, forcing marshals to wave yellow flags.

The FIA race stewards did not agree and ruled that the result should stand. But BAR are allowed to appeal and now have seven days to find fresh evidence.

If the FIA race stewards do change their mind after the appeal, it is likely that Raikkonen would be penalised 25-seconds and that would drop him to fifth and promote BAR's Olivier Panis to fourth.

Frenchman Panis was dropped from fourth to seventh in the Australian Grand Prix after a similar appeal from Sauber.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Luciano Burti , Olivier Panis
Teams Sauber , Benetton , British American Racing