13 Apr 2010

Briatore can return to F1 after 2012, FIA says

6:32 am on 13 April 2010

Formula One's governing body has agreed a legal settlement that would allow banned former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering head Pat Symonds to return to the sport after 2012.

Briatore was handed a life ban last year for his involvement in a race-fixing scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, where Brazilian driver Nelson Piquet agreed to crash deliberately to help his then team mate Fernando Alonso to win.

A French court last year ruled in favour of Briatore in a hearing to have the ban overturned although the FIA had said it would appeal.