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BAR Appeal Leaves Austria Result in Doubt

Sunday May 13th, 2001

The full result of the Austrian Grand Prix will remain provisional subject to an appeal from the British American Racing team. The top-three places have been confirmed by the FIA, but BAR have appealed against their failed protest concerning Sauber's Kimi Raikkonen, who finished fourth.

BAR believe that Raikkonen illegally overtook the Prost of Luciano Burti under yellow flags on lap 66. The yellow flags had been waved after Benetton's Jenson Button spun off.

FIA race stewards, however, disagreed and said the result should stand. But BAR have taken up their right to appeal. BAR have seven days to find fresh evidence for the appeal and until it is resolved the result from fourth place downwards cannot be confirmed.

If BAR win the appeal, it is likely that Raikkonen would be penalised 25 seconds and that would promote BAR's Olivier Panis to fourth place and Raikkonen down to fifth.

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