Eddie Irvine's World Championship dream is alive again today after Ferrari won their appeal against disqualification from the Malaysian Grand Prix. The FIA's International Court of Appeal in Paris overturned the decision of the stewards to exclude the team from last weekend's race. Irvine was reinstated as winner and regained the four-point advantage over McLaren's Mika Hakkinen heading into next weekend's final grand prix in Japan.
Hakkinen must now get four points more than Irvine in Suzuka to retain his drivers' title following the decision of the five judges after the hearing, which took place yesterday.
Before the hearing Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone had described the disqualification of Irvine and Schumacher as nonsense. However FIA president Max Mosley, who announced the decision, stressed that Ecclestone's declaration had had no effect on the outcome.