fourth place finish legal says FIA
13th may, 2001
The FIA have rejected an appeal against Kimi Raikkonen's fourth place in the Austrian
from the BAR team. The team had put in a complaint after the race alleging that one of
their drivers saw Raikkonen lap a backmarker while yellow flags were being waved, which is
an infringement of the sport's regulations. After reviewing video footage of the incident
race stewards have decided that Raikkonen had swerved past Luciano Burti in an effort to
avoid a collision, rather than in an overtaking manoeuvre, and officially classified him
However, there is still another twist to this tale as BAR are refusing to accept the FIA
decision, and have stated their intent to appeal against it. The team will have to lodge
their complaint with the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) within the next seven days, who will
then pass the appeal on to the FIA.
There is no time limit as to when the FIA has to respond to the appeal, and so it is not
clear when fourth, fifth and sixth positions in the Austrian GP will be made official.
Should BAR lose the case they will be fined under the sport's regulations.