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SessionDateSummary
1st 1997/02/20First trial. Defense lawyers challenged illegal investigative procedures of prosecutor.
2nd1997/02/28Italian magistrate rejected defendants' claim.
3rd1997/03/08Prosecutors argued that Senna's modified steering column caused his accident, but, Williams defense denied and blamed track's asphalt surface. SAGIS defense rejected it.
4th1997/03/11Prosecutors re-appealed the cause was damage of steering shaft
5th1997/03/12Pierluigi Martini, ex-F1 Driver, "No causes other than mechanical troubles"
6th1997/03/17Prosecutors appealed black box was brought out illegally
7th1997/03/18Charlie Whiting, a member of FIA Technical Committee, examined by prosecutors
8th1997/04/02The possibility of Williams Teams's destroying evidence suggested by prosecutors
9th
10th
1997/04/15
1997/04/16
Prosecutors and Defendants, Oral arguments in steering shaft
11th1997/05/13Investigative Team reported damage condition of steering shaft
12th1997/05/14FOCA TV staff, examined by prosecutors concerning on-board camera
13th1997/06/02Damon Hill testified
14th1997/06/03Judge deemed Williams Team's analysis of on-board camera to be uncertain
15th
16th
1997/06/25
1997/06/26
Williams Team's engineers, examined by prosecutors in modification of steering shaft
17th1997/07/03Williams engineers, exmanined by prosecutors
18th1997/07/04Prosecutors produced evidence of new video of on-board camera
19th1997/07/09Ex-circuit officials attested the circuit meet FIA safety code
20th1997/09/16Judge reconfirmed testimony of Michele Alboreto, ex-F1 Driver
21st1997/09/22Williams engineers, exmanined by prosecutors
22nd1997/09/23FIA and circuit officials, examined by prosecutors
23rd1997/10/03Adjourned in five minutes due to the absence of Williams, Head and Newey.
24th1997/10/28Ex-test driver David Coulthard testified no unusual condition
25th1997/10/29Frank Williams, Patrick Head and Adrian Newey, First appearance in court
26th1997/11/07Closing arguments
27th1997/11/11SAGIS Defenses plead not guilty of Giorgio Poggi
28th1997/11/12SAGIS Defenses appealed the circuit was not against safety code
29th1997/11/14Newey's Defenses appealed no evidence of his instruction for steering modification
30th1997/11/18Defenses denied prosecutors' analysis
31st1997/11/21Prosecutors disproved defenses' claim by telemetory data
32nd1997/11/26Re-closing arguments
Verdict1997/12/16