FIA to Fight Back On Crashgate

As we have expected and reported earlier this week, the FIA plans to fight back on the crashgate scandal and uphold sanctions, at least regarding Formula One participation, for Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds.

We remind you that Briatore’s appeal with the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance allowed him to reverse the World Motor Sport Council trial and sanctions, but did not clear him nor Pat Symonds of the race fixing allegations.

With this new development of the crashgate affair, the subject holds front page interest all over the world again. While clearly sanctioned and advised by the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance, the FIA does not hold the power to exile from the sport anyone who does not hold a license to compete, such as the case with Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds.

"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," said the FIA.

It now appears that FIA is rather looking to keep the two alleged cheaters out of Formula 1 rather than any sanctioned motorsport competition, as it ruled from the beginning. This spin off of the crashgate affair can now provide FIA’s new boss, Jean Todt to make his stand and leave his first mark on the world’s most watched motorsport competition.

While Bernie Ecclestone advises against an escalation of the conflict, former FIA president Max Mosley believes maintaining at least an F1 sanction against the two implicated is vital for the credibility of the international ruling body.

"It would be better if they all get round a table and see what they can do," said Ecclestone for the Sun. "The idea that we might say (of their actions), 'Oh, it's all right' would be unthinkable," stated Mosley.
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