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BAR lose Imola points and handed two-race ban

This is huge blow to their Championship hopes. Toyota seems to be getting stronger as the season goes along, though Renault is simply too good right now.

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BAR Honda were today banned from competing in the next two Grand Prix after being found guilty of cheating at last month's race in San Marino.

The verdict was handed out by motor racing's governing body the FIA after its International Court of Appeal ruled that the car Button drove to finish third at Imola was underweight.

In addition to being excluded from the next two races BAR have retrospectively been thrown out of the San Marino race meaning the ten points they gained there will be wiped off the record books.

In addition, they have also been handed a six month suspension suspended for one year should they be found guilty of breaking F1 rules a second time.

BAR, who vigorously deny they used an illegal fuel system to gain an advantage on their grid rivals, were facing the risk of being thrown out of this season's championship altogether - the punishment demanded by the FIA.

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wow thats good they got caught, keep the playing field level and competitive.

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^^ Totally agree!

The comments all around F-1 is that the fine was to lenient, and they should have been banned for the entire season!

I did not see that happening, as Honda is a major player in F-1, and Bernie E, is not likely to have Honda walk out just like that.

But this sends a message to the rest of the teams, keep the playing field as level as possible...

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They should also ban BAR from testing between now and the next race they are in.

My guess is if there was another team or two in F1, they would have tossed BAR out for the season. Since they are hurting for car count, they couldn't get too carried away with the penalty.
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My guess is if there was another team or two in F1, they would have tossed BAR out for the season. Since they are hurting for car count, they couldn't get too carried away with the penalty.
Excellent, correct observation.

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