After yesterday’s shock news of the FIA being forced to rescind Flavio Briatore’s ban, what will happen next? Are the FIA going to appeal against the decision? Here’s today’s F1 Fanatic round-up.
The Briatore story inevitably dominates the F1 news at the moment. He may have escaped his punishment but it’s hard to see anyone taking him back.
Comment of the day
PeriSoft’s take on the Briatore verdict nailed it for me:
What he did was the absolute worst thing a team principal could ever, ever do ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ cheating to achieve victory and endangering the lives of participants and spectators to do so. Anything less than a lifetime ban is unacceptable, and as far as I?óÔé¼Ôäóm concerned, Renault should have been instantly and permanently banned from motorsport. And anyone at Renault who could be shown to have known that this happened without going to the FIA? Same. Out. Done. Period.
The higher ups at Renault didn?óÔé¼Ôäót know this was happening? Tough ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it was their job to know. They hired a scumbag and allowed him to create an environment where this was possible.
This isn?óÔé¼Ôäót cheating. This is the worst of the worst of the worst, and anyone even remotely involved doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót deserve to go near a race car as long as they live.
From the forum
There’s an interesting debate going on over what makes a great F1 track. Fast corners? Gradient? Lots of places for overtaking? Join the discussion on the forum.
On this day in F1
On this day in 1994 former F1 team Larrousse confirmed it would use Ford engines for the forthcoming season. That left previous engine supplier Lamborghini with no-one to use its power plants, and the V12s haven’t been seen or, more importantly, heard in F1 since. Larrousse themselves didn’t last much longer, pulling out of F1 before the 1995 season.
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