• Apr 16, 2010
It's been a long, drawn-out affair extending back two years since the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. That's when then-Renault F1 chiefs Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds allegedly instructed their rookie driver Nelson Piquet Jr to crash on purpose and give the advantage to his world-champion wingman Fernando Alonso. The scandal erupted the following/last season when Piquet blew the whistle. Briatore and Symonds were summarily excommunicated from Formula One and any FIA-regulated racing series (which is pretty much all of them).

Briatore fought back and had the ruling overturned in court on procedural grounds. The FIA said it would appeal Flavio's appeal (and we're not talking about his famous supermodel-luring swagger here), but now the two parties have apparently reached an out-of-court settlement.

Both Briatore and Symonds will soon be cleared to return to F1 or other FIA-sanctioned series, beginning at the start of 2013 F1 season and the end of 2011 for other racing disciplines. In the meantime, the FIA is abandoning further legal recourse, citing the best interest of the organization and of motorsport as its motivation.

[Source: Autosport | Image: Paul Gilham/Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks FIA for putting this behind all of us. Because, you know, F1 just isn't the same without Flavio in his Speedo showing off his cellulite body.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not over yet. Still a pending and seemingly legit suit against Flavor Flav' from Piquet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "All you did today was weaken a country (er, motorsport governing body)"
      • 4 Years Ago
      These two should really get lifetime bans. As much as i like Flavio, the bottom line is that he cheated. We dont need race fixing in F1.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At first glance I thought the guy on the left had a banana in his hand, but it was the yellow jersey striping:)
        • 4 Years Ago
        All fat Italians look the same to me:) And I thought it was evident from my comment that I couldn't give two schvitzes who the guy is. It just looked like he was holding a banana. From the dearth of comments it seems no one else cares either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Attempted murder seems to get off lightly these days....