Briatore’s Lawyer: FIA’s World Council Can’t Exist Anymore
"First of all we aim at having the verdict enforced. In any case, the FIA has zero chances if it decides to appeal," Philippe Ouakrat was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport. "It's a real cataclysm for them. They prefer to shut up like a clam. We would have liked to find a different solution, but Briatore now has a real boulevard ahead of him."
"The FIA could take a step backwards. Up to now Briatore has accepted to save the team, but he will never accept his name to be linked to a cheat. We could ask for compensation for the damages suffered by my client's driver management company. The figures would be a lot more important," Briatore’s lawyer continued.
"The court has practically granted all our requests, but the most serious element is the one that casts a doubt over the FIA World Council's structure itself, which in fact can't exist anymore," he said.
"It is against French and international laws for an organism to be jury, procedural body and investigating body at the same time, with the president of an institution that decides who to investigate, that controls investigators, and that presides the judging organ.”
"Now, the FIA can't take disciplinary measures anymore without the risk of seeing them annulled in a civil court," added Philippe Ouakrat. Briatore’s lawyer also revealed that he and his client are still considering taking legal action against Nelsinho Piquet, but more importantly he showed the whole world FIA got away with playing God for quite some time.