Now that his client is free to return to the F1 paddock after his lifetime ban from the sport for his role in the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal was sensationally overturned by the Tribunal de Grande Instance (High Court) in Paris, Flavio Briatore's lawyer has expressed his satisfaction that 'justice' has been done.
After hearing the argument that the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) reunion that delivered the ex-Renault F1 managing director's punishment back in September had breached the governing body's own International Sporting Code, the High Court decided to quash the original punishment, describing it as both 'irregular' and 'illegal' [see separate story – click here
Speaking after the verdict was delivered, Briatore's lawyer Philippe Ouakrat admitted that the court had been 'shocked' by the manner in which the Italian's fate had been determined without him even having the opportunity to defend himself against the charges of cheating of which he was accused – and that it had sought to repair the damage done as much as possible.
“We have the feeling that some justice has been re-instated,” Ouakrat is quoted as having said by the BBC
. “I'm certain that the court was quite shocked by the way the decision was made against Mr. Briatore. We are in a situation in which Mr. Briatore is re-instated in all his capacities to act in Formula 1 or motorsport.”