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Briatore: I will sue the FIA

Former Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore has vowed to pursue the FIA through the courts for financial damages to offset the loss of earnings he suffered following his lifetime ban from the sport
Flavio Briatore has confirmed that he will proceed with legal action against F1 governing body the FIA for the loss of earnings he suffered from his role as a driver manager after he was indefinitely barred from the sport over the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal.

Briatore's effective lifetime ban from involvement in any FIA-sanctioned form of motor racing was sensationally overturned by the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris earlier this month, after the French High Court deemed the procedural nature of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing that meted out the Italian's punishment last September to have been both 'irregular' and 'illegal'.

In delivering its verdict, the court also awarded Briatore €15,000 in compensation – but now the ex-Renault F1 managing director has signalled his intention to sue the FIA for further damages after a number of competitors left his driver management stable under the threat of not being issued super-licences should they fail to cut all ties.

“We lost [Fernando] Alonso, we lost [Heikki] Kovalainen, we lost several drivers,” the 59-year-old told British newspaper the Daily Telegraph. “We will sue the FIA for the money we lost.”

The FIA has announced that it will appeal the High Court ruling, which has allowed both Briatore and former Renault F1 executive director of engineering Pat Symonds – who was originally banned for five years for having colluded in the plot to cause a deliberate crash involving Nelsinho Piquet in order to enable team-mate Fernando Alonso to triumph in Singapore in 2008 – to return to working in the top flight should they so wish.



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Flavio Briatore (ITA) Renault Team Principal, Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain, 24-26th, April, 2009
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Cubikrube - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 1:09 PM

The rule of law in any country is there to protect us or penalise us depending on what we've done and what laws relate to it. Whether or not he deserves compensation due to his actions/cheating is neither here nor there. The facts are that if the FIA (with Max pulling the strings) have sentenced him incorrectly or outside of their own rules and guidelines then they are breaking the law and this needed to be addressed. My guess is, given that they didn't abide by their own rules then they will be liable to pay out compensation for loss of earnings (don't think he'll try to take on them for loss of reputation lol). Least they have that 50 million from McLaren to help the pay off lol

maio - Unregistered

January 18, 2010 11:39 AM

Why wont this germ just stay away from the sport! Nearly every driver who came to Renault or Benneton he ruined their career! He just gives Formula 1 a bad name! By the way, does anyone even like him?



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