A French court has overturned the indefinite ban from Formula 1 placed on former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore by the FIA. Briatore was handed the penalty last September for his role in the 2008 Singapore GP “Crashgate” scandal.
Investigations concluded that Briatore, driver Nelson Piquet and technical boss Pat Symonds conspired for Piquet to deliberately crash to help Renault’s lead driver Fernando Alonso, who went on to win the race
An FIA enquiry then saw Briatore barred from FIA-sanctioned motorsport indefinitely. However, the Italian challenged the methods used in the FIA’s case, leading to this ruling by the Tribunal de Grand Instance in Paris, which also overturned the five-year ban given to Symonds. Piquet was granted immunity by the FIA for his cooperation.