Wednesday April 4th, 2001
After much deliberation, the Arrows team have withdrawn their appeal against the $15,000 fine given to Jos Verstappen as a result of an incident during Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, where the Dutchman crashed into the back of Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams.
The Leafield-based team believed the punishment was unfair and side with Verstappen, who was baffled by the stewards' decision to fine him despite other drivers in similar incidents this season going unpunished.
Rubens Barrichello avoided a fine after hitting Ralf Schumacher in exactly the same corner that saw Verstappen's accident, and Jacques Villeneuve was not penalised after he went into the back of Ralf Schumacher in Australia.
Although the team still believe the telemetry will prove that Verstappen braked early for the corner and was taking all the cautionary procedures possible when the incident occurred, they have decided to withdraw the appeal.
During testing at Magny Cours, Verstappen visited the Williams garage to speak to the man he crashed into.
"I did apologise to Montoya as none of us want these things to happen," said Verstappen. "I hope we can both put it behind us now and get on with racing."