Briatore Reveals Intriguing Facts about Crash-Gate Verdict

Flavio Briatore will not back down from his attempt to show the world that it wasn’t the International Automobile Federation (FIA) that gave him a lifetime penalty away from all motor racing activities, but its former president Max Mosley. And that the decision was not based on facts, but on personal revenge.

Following a statement issued by Mosley in which the former FIA president strongly denies those claims, the 59-year old Italian boss revealed some interesting facts about the civil lawsuit he issued against the ruling body last month. Namely, it seems that it was the very Max Mosley to phone him prior to the hearing of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) and tell him that his presence at the FIA headquarters was “neither necessary nor desirable.

That eventually influenced the verdict (or so it seems), as it was considered a lack of respect out of the Italian manager. In addition, however, Briatore disclosed the fact that the WMSC actually gave a verdict of “administrative nature” and not a ruling against either him or Pat Symonds (former chief engineering at Renault).

“It is quite intriguing to hear that Mr Mosley would now pretend that the FIA rendered a fair decision against me at the end of a process of fair justice. This is certainly not the position that the current leadership of the FIA expressed before the French Civil Courts, where everyone could hear Counsel for FIA stating that the World Council took only a decision of an 'administrative nature', did not issue any ruling against myself and was thus actually not bound to comply with any standards of civilized justice,” said Briatore, according to Autosport.

“I would also have been glad to hear Mr Mosley explain that he expressed to me over the phone on September 19th 2009, that my presence at the hearing of the World Council of 21st September was neither necessary nor desirable, in the context of a difficult session for Renault, while since such hearing may, in any event, not result into any decision against myself,” added the Italian boss.

As for the ruling of the Paris’ civil court on the matter, Briatore is expected to find out a decision by January 5th.
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