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Streiff apologises to FIA for Bianchi investigation comments

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Streiff apologises to FIA for Bianchi investigation comments
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Jan 23, 2015, 7:58 PM

Philippe Streiff has publicly apologised for defamatory comments he made about Jean Todt, Gérard Saillant and the FIA.

Philippe Streiff
The FIA hold a Press Conference to discuss the accident involving Marussia F1 Team Driver Jules Bianchi, at the Japanese GP in Suzuka: Charlie Whiting, FIA Delegate; Jean Todt, FIA President; Jean-Charles Piette, FIA Medical Chief; Dr Ian Roberts, FIA Doc
Philippe Streiff, former Fomula One driver with Alex Zanardi, BMW Team Italy-Spain
Jean Todt, FIA President at an FIA Press Conference to discuss the accident involving Marussia F1 Team Driver Jules Bianchi, at the Japanese GP in Suzuka

Philippe Streiff has acted quickly to fend off legal action from the FIA, Jean Todt and Gerard Saillant by apologising for comments he made about them in a web TV interview.

I refute and take back these accusations, which are unfounded, and ask the press to remove them from their media

Philippe Streiff

The former F1 driver had in essence questioned the findings and composition of the FIA Accident Panel that investigated the Jules Bianchi accident. After legal action was promised by the FIA yesterday, he used Facebook to make an apology.

The apology

He said: “I let myself get carried away in front of the camera; the interview took a long time – too long – and I am aware that I made insulting and defamatory comments about Jean Todt, Gérard Saillant and the FIA, which I sincerely regret.

“I refute and take back these accusations, which are unfounded, and ask the press to remove them from their media.

“Lastly, I ask Jean Todt and Gérard Saillant, who are well aware of my health problems, to excuse me. I regret having said things about them that are totally out of line with the consideration that they both deserve.”

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Todt , Jules Bianchi , Philippe Streiff
Author Adam Cooper