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F1 boss Flavio Briatore issued a short statement in response to the decision to overturn his lifetime ban from motorsport, handed down by the FIA for his part in the 'crashgate' scandal that belatedly engulfed the inaugural Singapore GP.
Briatore, along with former director of engineering Pat Symonds, were both found guilty of instructing Nelson Piquet Jr
to crash in the early stages of the 2008 race around Marina Bay, thereby allowing team-mate Fernando Alonso
to complete a remarkable - and much needed - win from 15th on the grid.
Briatore always insisted that the ban was the result of a personal vendetta waged against him by erstwhile FIA president Max Mosley, and his statement reflected that as much as looking forward to the freedom to return to the sport he has played a part in since appearing as commercial director at Benetton F1 in 1988.
"I would like to express my great joy with the decision handed down by the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Regional Court)," the statement read.
"I believe it important for the FIA to play the active role it deserves in automobile competition. As a sports person, and one passionately involved in car racing for more than 20 years, the decision to apply to the civil courts to contest a decision of the FIA was a difficult one for me to take.
"The fact that the World Automobile Sport Council had been utilized to deal with a personal agenda aimed at pushing me out of the world of competition left me no other choice. The decision handed down today restores to me the dignity and freedom that certain people had arbitrarily attempted to deprive me of.
"The Court recognised that all the criticisms I had formulated against the decision of the World Council were founded, by finding that the FIA had:
* rendered a decision that it was not competent to pronounce
* infringed its own articles of association
* totally failed to respect my right to a fair defence
* finally, entrusted the tasks of investigation, prosecution and judgment to a principle player known by all to be hostile to me.
"I believe that justice has been done today."
Asked specifically when he would be returning to F1, Briatore admitted that he would be taking time to reflect on the events of Tuesday before making an decision.
"Let me take a little time to enjoy this moment of happiness after this difficult period," he insisted, "As concerns my possible return to F1, there is plenty of time to talk about this. I would like first of all to thank the people who remained faithful to me during these difficult moments and who showed me their trust and friendship."