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Ferrari 1 and 2 in Canada after all
Originally Posted by reuters news
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Williams and Toyota were disqualified from Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after technical checks on their cars' brake ducts.
"The two Toyotas and two Williams have been excluded," said an International Automobile Federation (FIA) spokeswoman.
Germany's Ralf Schumacher and Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and fifth respectively for Williams while Toyota's Cristiano da Matta was eighth at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.
The disqualification meant that BAR's Briton Jenson Button now takes third place -- his sixth podium in the last seven races.
Italy's Giancarlo Fisichella for Sauber moved up to fourth place, with McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard fifth and sixth in a windfall for the struggling team who had scored just five points before Sunday.
Germany's Timo Glock picked up two points for Jordan on his race debut as a stand-in for Italian Giorgio Pantano while team mate Nick Heidfeld moved up to eighth.
Williams technical director Sam Michael said his team would not appeal.
"The front brake ducts of Ralf and Juan Pablo's cars are not in accordance with the regulations," he said. "It was a mistake and it was unintentional.
"There was no performance gain and no gain for brake cooling because the inlet area was not bigger. However the ducts are not in compliance with the technical regulations. Therefore we accept the FIA's decision."
The FIA said the air ducts for cooling the front brakes, at a circuit known for heavy brake wear, did not comply with the dimensional requirements.