The Italian is celebrating after his lifetime ban from motorsport, imposed by governing body the FIA following a probe into the controversy, was overturned by a French civil court on Tuesday.
But while the court found the ban to be unlawful, they did not pass judgement on the FIA’s findings that Briatore helped orchestrate a deliberate crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. Yet Briatore, who is also a director of Championship football club QPR, said he was blameless.
“I am very happy. It’s the first moment of happiness I have had in the last three or four months. I have my dignity back, my freedom back,” said Briatore, who was awarded £13,500 compensation. “If you see the decision of the investigation of FIA it is quite simple: I am not involved at all. That’s all I am allowed to say at this moment. This is what the FIA investigation said as well.”
Briatore has also hinted he may sue Nelson Piquet Jr, the ex-Renault driver who deliberately crashed to help team-mate Fernando Alonso win, for accusing him of planning the stunt.