Eddie Irvine will know his Formula One world championship fate later this week. The International Court of Appeal of Formula One, set-up by the sport's governing body, the FIA, have been meeting today in Paris to discuss the appeal of the Ferrari team to last week's double disqualification in Malaysia. Eddie Irvine himself has made a personal submission to the appeals court.
Ferrari technicians Ross Braun and Rory Byrne were accompanied by team director Jean Todt and Eddie Irvine at the Automobile Club de France, where the appeal is being held. Ferrari said Tuesday that the illegal car part at the center of the case was accidental and its use had occurred in total good faith.
Irvine and Michael Schumacher, first and second in the Malaysian Grand Prix, were disqualified after a post-race inspection detected their cars' deflector boards to be the wrong size. In a statement issued by the Italian racing stable's headquarters, Ferrari said it was confident of winning the appeal.
Mika Hakkinen was unofficially crowned champion for the second time after the disqualifications.