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FIA Appeals French Court Ruling

by F1Fan on January 11, 2010

In a press release issued today the FIA made the following statement regarding the French Courts recent decision to overturn the FIA’s ban on Briatore and Symonds continued participation in Formula One:

“The President of the FIA has consulted the FIA Senate and the FIA’s lawyers about the decision of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris of 5 January. It was unanimously agreed that an appeal would be prepared.

In his election campaign last summer, FIA President Jean Todt and his team announced that new measures for constructive change, including a disciplinary procedure, would be introduced. Work on this is well advanced. Once in place, this will address the issues in the Court’s judgement. Nonetheless, an appeal is merited.

While the appeal is underway, the Word Motor Sport Council’s decision of 21 September 2009 remains in full effect. However, in view of the uncertainty that this may create for drivers who may be affected by this decision, the FIA President and FIA Senate have decided that, pending the outcome of the FIA’s appeal, Superlicences will continue to be issued to qualifying drivers in the usual way.

The FIA President, the FIA Senate, the World Motor Sport Council, and the FIA’s Member Clubs from all countries will take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the continuing integrity and safety of the sport.”

While the FIA’s original decision affected not only Briatiore and Symonds it also effectively forced some F1 drivers such as Webber and Alonso and Piquet to find new management (although in Piquets case this was most likely a mute point) or face the possibility of not being able to race, as Briatore and his management company was also banned from participating in F1.

At least under Jean Todt, the FIA’s new president the FIA is taking a less punitive approach and allowing the F1 drivers managed by Flavio Briatore to obtain Super Licenses for this season.

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