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Flavio Briatore to learn fate

ESPNF1 Staff / GMM
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The decision on Flavio Briatore's appeal against his indefinite ban from motorsport should be revealed on Tuesday by the Tribune de Grande Instance in Paris.

The FIA hit Briatore with the ban after the World Motor Sports Council found, with others, he had conspired to cause a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Briatore is also demanding €1 million in damages and has been joined in his appeal by ex-technical director Pat Symonds, who is trying to overturn his own five-year ban for his part in the scandal.

The pair took their case to the French court in late November, when Briatore branded his ban as "a legal absurdity". A fierce exchange of words then followed with ex-FIA president Max Mosley, in which Briatore claimed that his sentence was a result of Mosley's "excessive desire for personal revenge". Briatore is hoping to overturn the ban on the premise that procedures adopted during the investigation were against the FIA's international sporting code.

In an interview with Italy's La Stampa, Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicalli said that Briatore would not be welcomed back to the paddock if he does win his case. He said that if the sport wanted to progress it must focus on upcoming talent.

"People don't like reheated soup - he will have to find another opportunity," Domenicalli told the paper.