In a shock announcement, Jacques Villeneuve was disqualified from the Japanese Grand Prix after ignoring a waved Yellow flag bought out after Jos Verstappen's Tyrrell stopped on track during Saturday's qualifying session.
Villeneuve was on a suspended ban for the same infringement in Monza earlier in the season and the Stewards took a dim view of his behaviour. The team have appealed against the decision and as a result Villeneuve will start the race from the pole position he claimed. However, any points he scores could be taken from him at the appeal.
Villeneuve was one of five drivers to ignore the waved yellow flag including championship rival, Michael Schumacher and team-mate Heinz Harald-Frentzen. The other drivers received a one race suspended ban, a lesser penalty due to the fact it was their first such offence.

 

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