The outcome of Flavio Briatore's legal action against his lifetime FIA ban should be declared on 5 January, Paris' Tribune de Grande Instance said on Tuesday following a hearing.

The outcome of Flavio Briatore's legal action against his lifetime FIA ban should be declared on 5 January, Paris' Tribune de Grande Instance said on Tuesday following a hearing.

The 59-year-old Italian, nor his former Renault colleague Pat Symonds who was banned for five years and is appealing his own penalty, attended the proceedings.

The outcome will have implications for Briatore's role as a co-owner and director of the London club Queens Park Rangers, due to the governing Football League's "fit and proper persons" rule.

As well as the annulment of the ban, he is seeking 1 million euros in damages.

Briton Symonds' lawyer Dominique Dumas indicated that the 56-year-old was under pressure when he earlier accepted some responsibility for Nelson Piquet's Singapore 2008 crash.

"Symonds' responsibility shouldn't be taken for granted," Dumas is quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

 

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