The International Court of Appeal also confirmed the 15-year disqualification for Luca Corberi. The Italian kart driver had become the protagonist of a shameful episode last year on the occasion of the World Finals held in Lonato.
Corderi, after coming into contact with Paolo Ippolito and going off the track, threw the splitter of his kart against his opponent on the lap following the crash. The story then degenerated into the Parco Chiuso, with Corberi physically attacking Ippolito and everything turned into a real fight with several parties involved.
Both the Italian authorities and the FIA have opened an investigation into the incident, disqualifying Corberi from professional motor racing for 15 years.
The Italian rider did not accept this sentence and decided to appeal, but the International Court confirmed the 15-year disqualification. A lifetime disqualification of Corberi was also considered, but it was decided to give the kart driver the opportunity to return to motorsport once the long suspension has been served.
Corberi’s defense had previously argued that, since the Italian authorities had already taken action against him for the two incidents, the FIA could not issue further sanctions for the same reasons. His lawyers also claimed that Corberi’s actions had taken place “in a state of anger, determined by the unfair act committed by others” after a collision with Ippolito which resulted in his retirement from the race.
the FIA Tribunal rejected Corberi’s defense, arguing that the FIA has independent jurisdiction over the case and stressing that the Italian authorities still have to take action on his behavior.