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FIA set Indianapolis appeal date 11 Jul 2005

The damaged Toyota TF105 of Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, United States Grand Prix, Practice Day, Indianapolis, USA, 17 June 2005

Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has confirmed that the seven Michelin teams will have their appeal relating to their US Grand Prix withdrawal heard in Paris on September 28.

The teams - Sauber, Toyota, Red Bull, Renault, McLaren, Williams and BAR - were found guilty of not being in possession of suitable tyres for the Indianapolis event, but with strong mitigating circumstances, and of wrongfully refusing to allow their cars to start the race.

The FIA deferred punishment until September 14 to allow time for the teams and Michelin to take measures to compensate US race fans and to ensure no repeat of the incident. The appeal date, two weeks later, has been chosen to allow the International Court of Appeal to consider any other cases that may arise from the earlier meeting.

A verdict on the Michelin teams’ appeal is expected on the afternoon of September 29, the Thursday following the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Michelin has already promised to refund all race day tickets from the 2005 US Grand Prix and to pay for 20,000 tickets for next year’s event.