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BAR Appeal Fails

Saturday June 2nd, 2001

Finn Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix in May will stand, after the International Court of Appeal rejected a protest by British American Racing.

BAR protested against Sauber driver Raikkonen over an alleged overtaking move under yellow flags at the A1-Ring.

Raikkonen passed backmarker Brazilian Luciano Burti's Prost as Benetton's Briton Jenson Button crashed out.

BAR claimed the overtaking manoeuvre was illegal after their driver Frenchman Olivier Panis had finished in fifth place behind Raikkonen.

But a statement from the sport's governing body, the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) on Saturday said: "Having listened to the explanations of all the parties...the Court rejected the appeal."

BAR's appeal was said to a counter-protest after Sauber successfully appealed that Panis overtook under yellow flags in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

Panis finished fourth in Melbourne but was classified seventh after being given a 25 seconds time penalty after Sauber's complaint.

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