People who were disgusted by Flavio Briatore’s alleged bullying of Nelsinho Piquet were left more disgusted when a Paris Court removed the ban placed on Flavio Briatore. The ban was a lifetime ban which was to ensure that Flavio could not be associated with formula one ever again in any form.
The court contended as Briatore and Pat Symonds were not license holders, they were not liable to be banned by the Formula One governing authority, only drivers and teams could be banned. Third party like Symonds and Briatore couldnt.
The TGI court also questioned Max Mosely’s intentions :
“The decision of the World Council was presided over by the FIA president, who was well known to be in conflict with Briatore, with Mr Mosley having played a leading role in launching the enquiry and its investigation in violation of the principle of separation of the power of the bodies.
“The decision of the FIA WMSC is not annulled but declared irregular, and rendered without effect in its provisions against Mr Briatore and Mr Symonds.”
The FIA was quick to note its legal options :
“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 Flavio 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.”