Mike Stevens | Apr 14, 2010

THE EVENTS of Flavio Briatore's 60th birthday on Monday means the ousted former Renault boss is coming back to formula one, Italian media said on Tuesday.

"He will start immediately behind the scenes," said La Gazzetta dello Sport, tipping a role for Briatore alongside F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

The FIA said on Monday it had reached a settlement with Italian Briatore and crashgate co-conspirator Pat Symonds, where the pair's motor sport bans would apply only until the end of 2012.

Previously, F1's governing body wanted Briatore to be banned for life, while Briton Symonds would have been eligible to re-enter the sport in 2015.

Part of a statement issued by Briatore's lawyers confirmed: "(He) informed the FIA of his intention not to undertake any operational role in formula one before the end of 2012."

The Italian told Sky Sport 24 last week: "I will never come back to formula one as team manager, but perhaps (I will return) after 2012 in another role."

(GMM)

 

McLaren Drops Adjustable Ride-Height System

McLaren on Tuesday confirmed it will not introduce an adjustable ride-height system in China this weekend.

After admitting in Melbourne he suspected other teams including Red Bull of running such a system, the British team's boss Martin Whitmarsh said McLaren designers were working on a similar system to debut in Shanghai.

But in addressing the speculation, the FIA clarified that adjusting the ride-height of a car between qualifying and the race is not allowed in any form.

"Basically, we had a system we were working on, and we've now suspended that," engineering director Paddy Lowe told reporters during a teleconference on Tuesday.

He also clarified that the ruling has not affected the existing mechanical specification of the MP4-25. Red Bull's Christian Horner has also said the RB6 is unchanged between Malaysia and China.

Lowe admitted that he does not really know whether other cars will have to be altered as a result of the FIA clarification.

"We got the feeling that others were further advanced in development. I haven't got a clue as to whether anyone else has a system on their cars though," he said.

(GMM)

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