APRIL 10, 2000
Coulthard loses Brazil appeal
THE FIA International Court of Appeal rejected McLaren's appeal against the disqualification of David Coulthard from the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The team expressed its disappointment at the decision and made the point that the car had started the race in legal trim and was only illegal because of "substantial damage" to the underside of the car which caused the front wing endplate to move on its axis, which resulted in one section being lower than the legal limit. The team said that the illegality was beyond their control but the FIA argument was that the team could have avoided problems by running the car at a higher ride-height.
FIA President Max Mosley said in Imola that the fact that there were bumps at Interlagos was not in itself an issue. "In the tradition of road racing there is no reason why a track should not be bumpy," he said. "Indeed there is nothing to prevent us putting a sleeping policeman at each end of the pitlane. The teams know that there are bumpy tracks on the championship schedule and they should set up their cars to suit the conditions."