Formula 1: Crashgate affair now over

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Formula 1: Crashgate affair
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F lavio Briatore has the on his 60th birthday The dispute with the world automobile association FIA was settled and was allowed to return to Formula 1 in 2013. The FIA ​​lifted the permanent ban on the former Renault team boss on Monday (April 12th) because of his involvement in the Singapore accident scandal. The association had condemned the Italian because in 2008 he killed the then Renault driver Nelson Piquet jr. to have instigated an intentional crash.

Briatore and Symonds are allowed to participate in Formula 1 again from 2013

A French dish had found the lifelong ban to be invalid at the beginning of the year. In the course of the agreement with Briatore and the former Renault chief engineer Pat Symonds, the FIA ​​also waived the announced appointment. Both had taken responsibility for the fictitious accident, regretted their role and apologized, the association announced.

Briatore and Symonds are not allowed to take any responsible position in the premier class until the end of 2012. They will also be excluded from all other FIA racing series until the end of next year. Her lawyers had proposed the deal to the FIA. The duo now also want to stop all legal efforts to obtain compensation. 'This will end this affair,' declared the world association.

Briatore stated in a separate statement that the agreement was by no means an admission of guilt. He only accepts that as Renault team principal he has to bear part of the responsibility for the events at the Singapore Grand Prix. Briatore still does not see any personal guilt, which is why he cannot understand the FIA's grounds for judgment.

FIA announces structural reforms

After his expulsion from Renault in July 2009, FIA racing driver Piquet Jr. confessed to the deliberate crash. At the first night race in Formula 1 history, the Brazilian drove into a wall and thus provoked a safety car phase that helped his team-mate Fernando Alonso to victory.

Briatore dismissed the allegations for a long time back, but was condemned by the FIA ​​as a mastermind. A Paris court complained, however, of formal errors, especially since the former FIA boss Max Mosley had appeared as both plaintiff and judge. This shows an 'insufficient understanding of the sports law procedure of theWorld Motorsport Council ', complained the FIA ​​in its message. Nevertheless, the association announced a structural reform in order to' avoid misunderstandings 'in future proceedings.


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