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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Briatore ban overturned

The lifetime ban of Flavio Briatore from motorsport has been overturned by the French high court.

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The court ruled the sanction was illegal. The FIA is expected to appeal. Briatore was awarded £13,500 in compensation.

“We have the feeling that some justice has been reinstated," the BBC quotes Briatore's lawyer, Philippe Ouakrat. “I'm certain that the court was quite shocked by the way that the decision was made against Mr. Briatore. We are in a situation in which Mr. Briatore is reinstated in all his capacities to act in Formula 1 or motorsports. The reputation of Flavio was tarnished but now he can recover his dignity.”

Briatore will not have the opportunity to regain that dignity in his old role at Renault, however. The team announced Eric Boullier as team principal Tuesday.

Ex-director of engineering Pat Symonds also had his five-year suspension overturned.

Briatore’s role with QPR would also now appear to be safe.

In other Renault-related news, it looks as though recent signing Robert Kubica is likely to stick with the team following its sale last month, despite an out clause in his contract. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


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