The FIA has confirmed it will appeal the Tribune de Grande Instance’s verdict against its decision to ban Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds from motor racing.
However it also admitted it would not prevent drivers managed by Briatore, such as Mark Webber, from competing in F1 as it had previously threatened:
While the appeal is underway, the Word Motor Sport Council’s decision of 21 September 2009 remains in full effect. However, in view of the uncertainty that this may create for drivers who may be affected by this decision, the FIA President and FIA Senate have decided that, pending the outcome of the FIA’s appeal, Superlicences will continue to be issued to qualifying drivers in the usual way.
This is a discernible softening the FIA’s stance where previously I think we may have seen an “all-or-nothing” response. Is this another sign that we have a more even-tempered president at the helm?
There is a reference to that in the FIA’s statement as well, which hints at the direction matters are be heading in:
In his election campaign last summer, FIA President Jean Todt and his team announced that new measures for constructive change, including a disciplinary procedure, would be introduced. Work on this is well advanced. Once in place, this will address the issues in the Court’s judgement. Nonetheless, an appeal is merited.
In the meantime, get ready for Briatore vs the FIA round three…