20 Oct 2009

Briatore files legal action in Paris

6:08 am on 20 October 2009

The former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has filed legal action in a Paris court seeking to overturn his life ban from Formula One.

Briatore was handed a life ban by the FIA in September for his role in a race-fixing scandal at last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

The Italian has said he would argue that his right to a free and fair defence against the charges was flouted.

Briatore had said in a statement yesterday that the decision to ban him for life was a "legal absurdity".

According to the statement, Briatore would also say the ban was not imposed by an impartial judge, as the head of the FIA tribunal that made the decision was FIA President Max Mosley.

Brazilian Nelson Piquet blew the lid off one of Formula One's biggest scandals after being dropped by Renault in July when he told the FIA that he had been ordered to crash deliberately at last year's race in Singapore.

He said he had done so to bring out the safety car and help his Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso win the race.

Former champions Renault were handed a suspended permanent ban while engineering head Pat Symonds was banned for five years.