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'Zero' chance of FIA appeal success, insists Briatore's lawyer

The FIA would do better to save its money than try to appeal against the French High Court's decision to allow Flavio Briatore to return to F1, argues the Italian's lawyer - because such a move would be doomed to fail anyway
The FIA should not waste its money on appealing against the French High Court ruling on Flavio Briatore's lifetime ban from F1, the Italian's lawyer has warned – bluntly rating the governing body's chances of succeeding in such a venture as 'zero'.

Earlier this week, Briatore was cleared to return to work in the sport after the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris deemed that the initial FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing into the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal – of which the ex-Renault F1 managing director was held to be the leading culprit – had been both 'irregular' and 'illegal' [see separate story – click here].

Though former FIA President Max Mosley – the man who presided over the WMSC reunion that deliberated Briatore's fate, and who the latter claimed had conducted a 'personal vendetta' against him in a bid to force him out of the sport for good – is adamant that the High Court verdict will not be the end of the matter and that his nemesis will be punished for his life-endangering behaviour [see separate story – click here], contending that it was merely the procedure that was disputed and not Briatore's actual guilt, Philippe Ouakrat argues such a course of action would be futile.

“First of all, we aim at having the verdict enforced,” the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) co-owner's lawyer told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. “In any case, the FIA has zero chance if it decides to appeal. It's a real cataclysm for them. They prefer to shut up like a clam. We would have liked to find a different solution, but Briatore now has a real boulevard ahead of him.

“The FIA could take a step backwards. Up to now Briatore has accepted to save the team, but he will never accept his name to be linked to a cheat. We could ask for compensation for the damages suffered by my client's driver management company. The figures would be a lot more significant. We believe that Mosley, despite being blinded by the dispute with Briatore, had acted only as President of the FIA, where it's certainly not up to us to decide whether there's still room for him.”

Ouakrat added that the Briatore camp is now 'evaluating its position' with regard to pursuing legal redress against the Piquet family, who blew the whistle on the scandal in the first place after 'Nelsinho' was unceremoniously sacked by Renault midway through the 2009 campaign.

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Nick T - Unregistered

January 08, 2010 1:42 PM

thats not a smart thing to say. now hes just egging on the FIA. its just going to make them try that much harder. why cant people involved in F1 "EVER" just shut there mouth


January 08, 2010 11:11 PM

I hope this lawyer is a good card player because if the FIA call your bluff you will be in big trouble. They can initiate a new case as a criminal proceeding which would make the procedural victory just won of no consequence and it would get to the heart of the matter, which is what most fans would like to see happen. Again I believe a company as big as Renault would have fought this at the time if they thought Briatore was innocent, they would not have let their image be tarnished. Put it this way if you win a criminal case Flav, you would be able to win lawsuits everywhere, but I think your going to be called on this and a pair of 2's do not beat a Royal Flush.

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