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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.
 

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Personally I think the penalty is harsh. The drivers risked their lives and limbs during the race. It's the engineers and the teams that should be penalised for the infingement, not the drivers. Deduct the constructor's points by all means but let the drivers keep their positions.
 

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Yeah, that's tough. I was schocked when I saw that on the news up there. First I saw the results listing a 1-2 and Button as 3rd, and I was thinking, what? Did someone fudge the results? Then they said that both the Williams and Toyotas were DQ'ed. That came to me as a complete shock. I felt kind of sorry for Ralf, as he was already disappointed to lose to his brother...again, but to now lose his 2nd place, that's even harder.

I think I have to agree with Stradale that the team should be punished, but the drivers should be able to keep their positions/points. That must hurt though.

Overall though it was a good race.
 

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don't care about Ralf, i really hope he doesn't get a seat next year, he really isn't good enough

i feel more sorry for toyota, they work very hard for it, have the biggest budget around together with ferrari, but still they can't win
 
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