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French police have seized the cars of British American Racing, casting doubt as to whether or not they will be able to compete this weekend at Magny-Cours.
The issue revolves around a dispute involving the Monaco-based PPGI company, which claims the F1 teams owes it over $3-million in commission as part of a sponsorship deal dating back to 1997.
As part of this agreement, PPGI - with the help of television producer France Corbeil - agreed to help BAR find additional sponsorship and negotiated a five-year deal worth $12-million with Teleglobe.
Corbeil attempted to seize the team's cars prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, but was unsuccessful.
On Thursday, a bailiff accompanied by five police officers arrived at the race track after a local court issued an injunction against the team. The cars of Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve were impounded and moved back into the team's transport trucks, where they remain sealed under a court order.
A ruling on whether the team will be able to take part in this weekend's race is expected from the court on Friday.
The team has yet to comment on today's actions but have said in the past the Corbeil's claims are "baseless".

Hopefully thyere able to race http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Man...you know all the Honda board members back in Tokyo are not happy.
 

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British American Racing will be allowed to compete at this weekend's French Grand Prix after securing the release of their cars following an emergency court hearing Friday morning.
However, the decision prevented the team from taking part in the opening practice session, leaving BAR boss David Richards to suggest a lawsuit was pending.
French police impounded the BAR cars of Jenson Button and Jacques Villeneuve on Thursday after a Monaco production company, PPGI, obtained a court order claiming they are owed $3-million in commission for a sponsorship deal dating back to 1997.
The court ruled this morning that it did not have jurisdiction in the case and it will now be left to the court in Monaco to consider the merits of the case in October.
"We will have to quantify the damages caused by missing the session and that will be for the lawyers," said Richards.
"We're just going to go around slowly this afternoon, clearly it's a new circuit here now and the drivers have never driven on it before. So they will drive around sensibly and there is little question that they will be at the back of the grid for qualifying (Saturday)."
France Corbeil initially tried to seize the cars at the Monaco Grand Prix in May, but was prevented from doing so.


 
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