Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, has buried the hatchet in the ongoing dispute with former Renault members Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds after reaching a settlement with the pair to shorten their bans from all FIA-sanctioned motorsport activities.

The duo can now return to FIA sanctioned activities at the beginning of 2012 and will be allowed to work in Formula 1 related activities from 2013 onwards.

Following their involvement in the 2008 Singapore GP ‘Crashgate’ scandal, the pair was found guilty, with Briatore and Symonds issued with bans for life and five years, respectively.

Their bans were overturned under appeal by the French courts due to irregularities in the process. The FIA intended to appeal the decisions, but has relinquished that position after reaching several concessions with the former Renault Managing Director and Technical Director.

Briatore & Symonds

The FIA issued statement indicates that Briatore and Symonds had expressed regret, and apologies for, their actions and involvement in the scandal.

"In return, they have asked the FIA to abandon the ongoing appeal procedure, but without the FIA recognising the validity of the criticisms levelled against the WMSC’s decision of 21 September 2009, as well as to waive the right to bring any new proceedings against them on the subject of this affair," the FIA statement reads.

"Considering that the judgment of 5 January 2010 concerned only the form and not the substance of the WMSC’s decision of 21 September 2009, and that the undertakings and renunciation of all claims expressed by Mr Flavio Briatore and Mr Pat Symonds are in line with what the WMSC is seeking, the FIA President has considered that it is in the best interests of the FIA not to allow the perpetuation of these legal disputes, which have received a great deal of media coverage and which, regardless of the outcome, are very prejudicial to the image of the FIA and of motor sport, and thus to accept this settlement solution, thereby putting an end to this affair."

In reference to the French court verdict, the FIA also said it would work on a statutes reform to "prevent other misunderstandings."

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Richard Bailey

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