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