Flavio Briatore Has Lifetime Ban Overturned In Court
Flavio Briatore, the former Benetton and Renault team principal has had his lifetime ban from Formula One overturned by a court in France.
Briatore was handed the ban in September 2009, after a large scandal known as Crash-Gate within the media. Briatore and former technical director Pat Symonds were banned for life in their part of the scam, which saw them ask former driver Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash deliberately at the 2008 Singaporean Grand Prix.
Briatore has always protested his innocence, and claimed the FIA were making a scapegoat of him.
“The court ruled the sanction was illegal,” the judge told the Paris court.
“In this case, the FIA has been used as a tool to exact vengeance on behalf of one man,” he said.
“This decision is a legal absurdity and I have every confidence that the French courts will resolve the matter justly and impartially.”
Briatore was also handed 15000 Euros compensation.