Flavio Briatore has won his bid to overturn a lifetime ban from motor racing over the 'crashgate' affair, the Reuters and Associated Press wire services are reporting on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Renault boss' similarly ousted engineering director Pat Symonds was also expelled from F1 by the FIA, for a lesser period of five years, after the race-fixing scandal emerged last year.

Briatore, backed in his French legal bid by Symonds, challenged the governing body's decision in Paris' Tribunal de Grande Instance in November, including a push for a million euros in damages.


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