Six drivers, including polesitter Mika Hakkinen and Britons Damon Hill and
Eddie Irvine escaped censure for failing to heed yellow flags in the
Brazilian GP's Saturday morning practice session.


All six were expected to have their fastest times in qualifying removed as
a punishment for their misdemeanour, but the stewards decided not to take
action. The penalty would not have hurt Hakkinen as much as his rivals as
he turned in more than one lap faster than David Coulthard, and would have
retained pole.


Jacques Villeneuve raced under appeal in the 1997 Japanese GP following a
similar incident in qualifying. He was subsequently removed from the
results of the race.

 

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