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F1 boss Jean Todt determined to punish Flavio Briatore

Jean Todt and Flavio Briatore go back a long way in F1
Jean Todt and Flavio Briatore were rival team principals at Ferrari and Renault

By Andrew Benson
BBC Sport in Bahrain

Formula 1 boss Jean Todt is determined former Renault team principal Flavio Briatiore will be punished for his role in the Singapore race fixing scandal.

Briatore was banned by governing body the FIA for his part in Nelson Piquet's crash in the 2008 Singapore race, but overturned the punishment on appeal.

"We cannot forget that a car purposefully crashed and it cannot be without consequences," Todt said.

He added that the FIA was continuing with its appeal against the decision.

Briatore won his case in France's Tribunal de Grande Instance on the grounds that former FIA president, Max Mosley, who had presided over the hearing that banned him, had acted as prosecutor, judge and jury.

The decision also overturned the five-year ban on Renault's former engineering director Pat Symonds for his role in the scandal.

The court ruled the sanction was illegal, but the FIA has been at pains to point out it did not exonerate Briatore or Symonds of conspiring to cause the crash.

Todt said the FIA was to introduce new structures that separated the powers of prosecution and penalty within the FIA.


Nick Craw, the president of the FIA senate, added that Todt had been granted the full approval of the body to pursue the case "to its proper conclusion".

In a news conference with Todt and his FIA leadership team, Todt added that F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone had told a meeting of the FIA World Council on Thursday that India would make its debut on the F1 calendar in 2011.

The race will be held at a new track being built near the country's capital, Delhi.

It was announced that the organisation would sign up to the World Anti-Doping Agency's (Wada) anti-doping code, while Todt also called for the reintroduction of the 107% rule.

The rule, which operated from the 1996 to 2002 seasons, required that drivers set a fastest time within 107% of the pole time during qualifying, otherwise they would fail to qualify.

However, the rule is unlikely to make a comeback until at least the 2011 season.

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