FIA Launches Appeal to Briatore Verdict

Although Flavio Briatore's lawyers told the media in recent days that there would be no point in the International Automobile Federation (FIA) launching an appeal to the verdict issued by the Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance, the ruling body today confirmed that it has decided to do just that.

In a press release released by the international federation earlier today, it is mentioned that the new president of the FIA Jean Todt also agreed to launch the legislative appeal over the initial verdict in the Briatore case, after prior consultations with FIA Senate and lawyers.

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,” said the statement.

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,” added FIA document.

In addition, the FIA reiterated its initial decisions in the crash-gate, insisting that neither Briatore, nor Pat Symonds will be granted the right to take part in motorsport activities until the appeal will have been resolved.

While the appeal is underway, the World Motor Sport Council's decision of 21 September 2009 remains in full effect. (...) 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,” added the statement.

The FIA also stated that the drivers that are currently managed by Flavio Briatore will not suffer from the appeal, insisting that the process of granting F1 superlicenses will not be influenced in any way by one's belonging to Briatore's managing firm.
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