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Todt launches legal action against former F1 driver over Bianchi comments

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Todt launches legal action against former F1 driver over Bianchi comments
Jan 22, 2015, 8:01 PM

FIA President Jean Todt, along with FIA Medical Commission President Gérard Saillant are to take legal action against former F1 driver Philippe St...

FIA President Jean Todt, along with FIA Medical Commission President Gérard Saillant are to take legal action against former F1 driver Philippe Streiff following comments made by the ex-driver in an interview with a French web TV station concerning the FIA's response to the Jules Bianchi crash in Suzuka last year and in particular the findings of the 10-man panel set up to look into the accident.

An FIA press release read: "The FIA, its President Jean Todt, as well as Gérard Saillant, President of the FIA Medical Commission, are dismayed to learn of the remarks made about them by Philippe Streiff in his recent comments on the state of Jules Bianchi’s health.

"These remarks having been published by certain media, the FIA, Jean Todt and Gérard Saillant categorically state that Philippe Streiff’s insulting and defamatory comments are utterly unfounded and demonstrate malicious intent.

"In view of the seriousness of this deliberate attack on their reputations, they have had to ask their lawyers to lodge a complaint for public defamation and insult so that the circulation of Philippe Streiff’s statements is stopped immediately and sanctioned in an appropriate manner.

They find it regrettable that this incident only serves to add to the suffering of Jules Bianchi’s family, for whom they would like to reiterate their support."

Fifty-nine-year-old Streiff started 53 grands prix in a Formula One career that stretched from 1984 to 1988. In 1989 he was involved in a pre-season testing accident that left him severely paralysed. The French driver triggered more controversy last year over comments made about the health of Michael Schumacher, which prompted a denial from the seven-times champion's management.

 
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