Efter att FIA fann att Briatore och Symonds i Renault var skyldiga till den medvetna kraschen i Singapore stängdes Briatore av på livstid från motorsport. Flavio har dock överklagat och nu fått rätt i en fransk domstol, som konstaterar att FIA inte har rätt att stänga av honom.
I tillägg krävde han en miljon Euro i skadestånd, men fick 15 000 Euro.
FIA har under natten publicerat ett surt brev där de antyder att de kommer överklaga beslutet och ta det hela vidare i systemet. Så här skriver FIA;
Tribunal de Grande Instance
The FIA notes the Decision of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris in relation to Mr. Briatore and Mr. Symonds.
The Court has rejected the claims for damages made by Mr. Briatore and Mr. Symonds and their claim for an annulment of the FIA’s decision. In particular, the Court did not examine the facts and has not reversed the FIA’s finding that both Briatore and Symonds conspired to cause an intentional crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
However, the Court did question the FIA’s authority to impose bans upon Mr. Briatore and Mr. Symonds for procedural reasons and because they are not FIA licence holders and, according to the Court, are therefore not subject to any FIA rules. The FIA’s ability to exclude those who intentionally put others’ lives at risk has never before been put into doubt and the FIA is carefully considering its appeal options on this point.
The Court’s decision is not enforceable until the FIA’s appeal options have been exhausted. Until then, the World Motor Sport Council’s decision continues to apply.
In addition, the FIA intends to consider appropriate actions to ensure that no persons who would engage, or who have engaged, in such dangerous activities or acts of intentional cheating will be allowed to participate in Formula One in the future.
Det stora problemet nu för FIA är ju att skulle domstolens beslut stå sig så har ingen som varit inblandat i skandalen i Singapore fått något särskilt straff. Och en sån händelse kan man inte låta passera utan att agera.
Själv tycker jag livstids avstängning från sporten var alldeles lagom och rimligt. Men, bollen ligger åter hos FIA. Dags att agera.
Uppdaterat: Hittade just en artikel på ITV där de publicerar ett uttalande Briatore gjort efter domslutet. De, och han, skriver så här;
“I would like to express my great joy with the decision handed down by the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance (Regional Court),” he said in the statement.
“Let me take a little time to enjoy this moment of happiness after this difficult period.
“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.”
“I believe it important for FIA to play the active role it deserves in automobile competition,” he said.
“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 recognized 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 defense
– 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.”
Mer i media (AB,).