Briatore looks for F1 return
The former Renault boss asks for his ban to be overturned by a French court.
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2009 05:39 GMT


Renault F1 Team Principal Flavio Briatore is looking for a quick return to the sport [GALLO/GETTY]

Former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore has asked a Paris court to overturn his ban from Formula One.

A Paris-based spokeswoman for Briatore said his lawyers presented their motion to the court, which fixed a date of November 24 for the first hearing.

The spokeswoman was not authorised to be named according to her public relations
agency's policies.

Briatore wants the court to annul last month's decision by the World Motor Sport Council, the spokeswoman said.

Indefinitely banned

The body indefinitely banned Briatore for arranging for driver Nelson Piquet Jr. to deliberately crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to help his teammate Fernando Alonso win the race.

Briatore said Sunday the ban "is a legal absurdity'' and that he is confident French courts will overturn it.

Governing body FIA and the Renault team declined to comment Monday on Briatore's court motion.

Renault chief engineer Pat Symonds was suspended for five years over the crash scandal.

Two-time world champion Alonso is leaving to join Ferrari next season.

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