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Raikkonen Given Point After Sauber Appeal Upheld

Sunday March 4th, 2001

Formula One debutant Kimi Raikkonen has been promoted into the points after a protest from the Sauber team was accepted by the stewards at the Australian Grand Prix.

The Swiss team, whose drivers finished fifth and seventh on the track, complained that British American Racing's Olivier Panis had illegally overtaken their driver Nick Heidfeld under waved yellow flags after Enrique Bernoldi's accident on lap 2.

The officials interviewed the drivers and studied video evidence of the incident before deciding to uphold the protest and drop BAR's Panis to seventh place with the addition of 25 seconds to the Frenchman's finish time.

That promoted Heidfeld to fourth, Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen to fifth, and allowed Heidfeld's team-mate Raikkonen into the points from seventh to sixth.

Arrows' Jos Verstappen was also given a 25-second penalty after a similar infringement with Heidfeld. He dropped down a place down to 10th with Prost's Jean Alesi moving up to ninth.

The changes to the result now leaves Sauber with four world championship points, two thirds of their total tally for last year.

AMMENDED RESULTS AND STANDINGS
 
Pos  Driver        Team                  Time       
 1.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari          (B)  1h38:26.533
 2.  Coulthard     McLaren Mercedes (B)  +  0:01.700
 3.  Barrichello   Ferrari          (B)  +  0:33.400
 4.  Heidfeld      Sauber Petronas  (B)  +  1:11.400
 5.  Frentzen      Jordan Honda     (B)  +  1:12.800
 6.  Raikkonen     Sauber Petronas  (B)  +  1:24.100
 7.  Panis         BAR Honda        (B)  +  1:27.000 *
 8.  Burti         Jaguar Cosworth  (M)  +  1 Lap   
 9.  Alesi         Prost Acer       (M)  +  1 Lap    
10.  Verstappen    Arrows Asiatech  (B)  +  1 Lap    *
11.  Irvine        Jaguar Cosworth  (M)  +  1 Lap   
12.  Alonso        European Minardi (M)  +  2 Laps  
13.  Fisichella    Benetton Renault (M)  +  3 Laps  
14.  Button        Benetton Renault (M)  +  6 Laps   **

 * Penalised 25s for overtaking under yellow
** Retired 6 laps before race finished

Fastest Lap: M.Schumacher, 1:28.214 (216.414 km/h), lap 34

Not Classified/Retirements:

Driver         Team                On Lap
Montoya       Williams BMW     (M)  41
Trulli        Jordan Honda     (B)  39
Hakkinen      McLaren Mercedes (B)  26
R.Schumacher  Williams BMW     (M)   5
Villeneuve    BAR Honda        (B)   5
Marques       European Minardi (M)   4
Bernoldi      Arrows Asiatech  (B)   3
Mazzacane     Prost Acer       (M)   1

World Championship Standing, Round 1:                

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  M.Schumacher  10        1.  Ferrari             14
 2.  Coulthard      6        2.  McLaren              6
 3.  Barrichello    4        3.  Sauber               4
 4.  Heidfeld       3        4.  Jordan               2
 5.  Frentzen       2                                  
 6.  Raikkonen      1                                  

All timing unofficial



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