Sunday 25 March 2018

In brief: Briatore free for F1 return in 2013


FORMER RENAULT team principal Flavio Briatore and his colleague Pat Symonds, who were thrown out of Formula One for rigging the result of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, could return to the sport in 2013 after reaching a settlement yesterday with the FIA.

The pair admitted their responsibility for the deliberate crash staged by Nelson Piquet Jr in Singapore, which enabled his team-mate Fernando Alonso to win the race. In return, the FIA dropped its appeal against a French court's decision to overturn the governing body's life bans on Briatore and his former director of engineering.

According to an FIA statement, "they have expressed their regrets and presented their apologies to the FIA". They have also agreed to "abstain from any operational role" in F1 until the end of 2012.

Effectively, this means that each has been banned for three years rather than for life, overturning the original punishment levied by controversial former president Max Mosley.


Jessica Kuerten has withdrawn from this week's Rolex FEI World Cup jumping final in Geneva following a nasty fall that smashed her riding helmet, writes Louise Parkes.

The 40-year-old was exercising a young horse at her farm in Germany last Friday when the accident happened and was rushed to hospital but released the following day.

She said yesterday that she was feeling sore but expected to be back in action soon. Following a brilliant run of form, she was one of the favourites to take the title, but she pointed out that "while I'm obviously disappointed, I feel a little lucky, because if it wasn't for my riding helmet things would have been a lot worse".

Ireland still has two representatives at the Swiss final which begins on Thursday -- 22-year-old rookie Darragh Kenny and 2002 world champion Dermott Lennon.


Wladimir Klitschko has laid down the gauntlet to David Haye by warning his fellow world heavyweight champion: "You can't run away from me forever."

WBA title-holder Haye withdrew from a fight with IBF and WBO champion Klitschko due to injury last summer before walking away from negotiations with his brother Vitali, the WBC king, in order to challenge Nikolay Valuev instead.

In a video message, Wladimir said: "I want to send this message to boxing fans and directly to David Haye. David, you've bitched out on fighting both Klitschko brothers twice already and now is the time to make it happen.

"On behalf of the boxing fans around the world, I am officially calling you out to fight me.

"You can't run away from me forever and you need to follow through with this fight to get respect. I'm ready. What are you waiting for?"

Irish Independent

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