A Paris court will on Tuesday hear Flavio Briatore's appeal against his lifetime motor racing ban.

It emerged recently that, in the wake of the 59-year-old's sanction by the FIA over the so-called crash-gate scandal, the Tribunal de Grande Instance would hear the case on November 24.

He is also seeking a million euros in damages and is reportedly backed by Pat Symonds, the long-time engineering chief at Renault who was banned for only five years amid the same race-fixing allegations.

French-language reports said the hearing will take place in the Tribunal's 5th civil chamber.

Ferrari president and FOTA chairman Luca di Montezemolo said in a radio interview with La Politica nel Pallone on Monday that he thinks Briatore's penalty was "excessive".

Briatore and Symonds did not attend September's meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, and thereafter did not exercise their right to challenge the decision in the FIA's International Court of Appeal.


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