Jordan Honda's appeal against the exclusion of Jarno Trulli's car from the United States GP was heard by the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris today, with an announcement by the FIA expected tomorrow. The International Automobile Federation (FIA)...
Jordan Honda's appeal against the exclusion of Jarno Trulli's car from the United States GP was heard by the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris today, with an announcement by the FIA expected tomorrow.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement that three appeal judges started their meeting in Paris at 0700 GMT to hear a Royal Irish Automobile Club appeal on behalf of Jordan. The decision will be announced tomorrow (Saturday); that decision will decide whether Jordan or British American Racing (BAR) finished fifth in the Formula 1 championship.
Should Jordan's appeal be successful, it would move up to fifth place in the Constructors championship ahead of its Honda rivals BAR. If the Silverstone-based team win, they will overtake Honda rivals BAR to take fifth place on 19 points. If they lose, then they will end the season behind BAR in sixth place and level on 17 points.
Trulli was excluded from the United States GP event after he finished in fourth place when the stewards found that the wooden plank underneath the car was not within the regulations. Jordan want to overturn the disqualification of Italian Jarno Trulli from fourth place at the U.S. Grand Prix, a decision that cost them two points and fifth place in the constructors' standings. It would have been three points, but team mate Jean Alesi moved up to claim sixth place.
Any ruling will also affect the drivers' championship, but on a much smaller scale. Trulli, who is joining Renault next season, will be equal eighth rather than ninth, while Alesi would drop back to equal 14th from 13th.
Some British media reports have suggested the outcome of the appeal could mean 1 million pounds ($1.43 million) gained or lost to Jordan and BAR. But Jordan said the appeal was not financially motivated.
"The difference between finishing fifth or sixth in the World Championship makes very little difference financially," a team spokesperson said. "There is a slight loss in TV revenues, but otherwise finances remain unaltered. Sponsorship revenue for example wouldn't change, and there is no difference in operational issues such as the number of passes issued to the team and so on. Clearly, however, there is an enormous perceptual difference between fifth and sixth place. If our appeal is successful and we therefore hold on to our fifth place, we will have improved our standing from last year and will have finished above the other Honda team competing in the championship."
There is intense rivalry between Jordan and BAR, who also have Honda working on their chassis development as well as using the same engine. Jordan finished sixth overall last season, again behind BAR in fifth place, after ending 1999 on a high with their best ever standing of third.
Team boss Eddie Jordan cancelled the team's Christmas party last year and vowed to do better in 2001 with full works Honda engines rather than the Mugen prepared ones they previously used