Jarno Trulli's fourth place at the Unites States Grand Prix was re-instated after a successful appeal by the Jordan team. The Italian had been stripped of his position as a result of excessive wear on the skid block under his car. The reason for...
Jarno Trulli's fourth place at the Unites States Grand Prix was re-instated after a successful appeal by the Jordan team. The Italian had been stripped of his position as a result of excessive wear on the skid block under his car. The reason for overturning the original ruling was the apparent absence of one of the three United States stewards when Jordan's Trevor Foster appeared before the stewards after the race.
Jordan's successful appeal lifted the Silverstone-based team into fifth place in the final constructors' standings on 19 points, above Honda rivals BAR who slip to sixth.In the drivers' championship Trulli, who is joining Renault next season, rises to joint eighth with BAR's Jacques Villeneuve from 10th, while Alesi drops back to equal 14th from 13th.
Eddie Jordan and Jarno Trulli are understandably delighted with today's verdict. Further to today's announcement by the FIA, Eddie Jordan commented, "We are very satisfied with the outcome of the appeal and delighted to have our fifth place in the 2001 World Championship for Constructors confirmed." Commenting on the resolution of the issue, Jarno Trulli said, "I am very happy that my fourth place finish in Indianapolis stands, not least because this was my best result of my season but also because the team and I have had a lot of bad luck this year and I believe we deserved some good results."
FIA press release
Here is the full FIA press release issued today (Saturday):
2001 SAP United States Grand Prix
Decision of the International Court of Appeal
The International Court of Appeal met in Paris on 26 October 2001 in order to examine the appeal brought by the Royal Irish Automobile Club on behalf of Jordan Grand Prix against stewards' decision, set out in document number 31 of the 2001 SAP United States Grand Prix (exclusion of car number 11 - Jarno Trulli - for non-conformity of skid block dimensions).
Having listened to the explanations of the parties and examined the various documents and other evidence, the International Court of Appeal has allowed the appeal of Jordan Grand Prix on the grounds that a steward was absent during the hearing of the team at the United States Grand Prix.
The Court found that this was a breach of article 134 of the International Sporting Code (which provides that all decisions by the College of Stewards should be taken collectively) and thus a breach of the right of defence.
The International Court of Appeal has therefore pronounced the above mentioned stewards’ decision null and void; the original classification of the event is, as a consequence, confirmed.
The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr. Jan van Rosmalen (Holland) and was composed of Messrs. Vassilis Koussis (Greece) and Philippe Roberti de Winghe (Belgium).
The full text of the International Court of Appeal’s decision is available, on request, from the secretariat of the FIA International Court of Appeal in Paris.