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Updated: September 24, 2009 18:15 IST

Ecclestone urges Briatore to appeal life ban

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Flavio Briatore
Flavio Briatore

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has urged disgraced Renault team principal Flavio Briatore to appeal his life ban from Formula One for organising Nelson Piquet Jr.’s crash at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

F1 returns to Singapore this weekend for the first time since the crash, which was designed to help Renault driver Fernando Alonso win the 2008 race, and Briatore received unexpected support from F1’s most powerful man.

Ecclestone said: “In my opinion, it was quite harsh on Flavio.”

Ecclestone is a business partner of Briatore, with a stake in English football club Queens Park Rangers, and a friend of the flamboyant Italian.

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