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FIA to appeal Briatore reverse

The FIA are considering appealing against a French court's decision yesterday to overturn Flavio Briatore's lifetime ban from motorsport.

The FIA are currently assessing their options, notably into strengthening their own statutes that have been called into question by the Tribunal de Grande Instance (TGI).

In their ruling the TGI made clear the FIA did not have the power to suspend former Renault team boss Briatore and Pat Symonds for their roles in the infamous 'crashgate' scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix as they were not licensed to compete.

Symonds, Renault's former director of engineering, was suspended for five years by the FIA, but that has also, in effect, been quashed. Under FIA rules only licence holders -- teams and drivers -- and national sporting authorities can be sanctioned, but not what are deemed as third parties, such as Briatore and Symonds.