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BAR decides appeal would harm F1

5/6/2005

BARCELONA, Spain -- BAR-Honda will not appeal its two-race
ban by Formula One's governing body, which ruled Jenson Button's
car ran underweight in last month's San Marino Grand Prix.

"The conclusion is that nothing can be done to enable the team
to race this weekend,'' BAR-Honda said Friday, adding that a
challenge would "cause a level of disruption and damage to the
sport which would not serve the best interests of everyone
involved.''

The decision Thursday by the sport's international court of
appeal will keep the team out of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday
and the Monaco Grand Prix on May 22. BAR-Honda will return for the
European Grand Prix on May 29 in Nurburgring, Germany.

Button's car was ruled to have run 11 pounds under the minimum
1,322 pounds at Imola.

"Once you analyze it clearly, there is no debate,'' said Max
Mosely, the president of the governing International Automobile
Federation.

Button was stripped of the six points he won for finishing third
at Imola on April 24, and teammate Takuma Sato lost four points for
finishing fifth. BAR-Honda also loses 10 points from the
constructors' standings.

The deduction leaves BAR-Honda without a point from the season's
four races. Renault leads with 46, followed by Toyota (29), McLaren
(25) and Ferrari (18).