FIA announce 15-year racing ban for Corberi

Date published: April 19 2021

Luca Corberi

Luca Corberi has been given a 15-year ban from racing by the FIA following his disgraceful actions at the 2020 world karting finals.

In 2020 the Italian drew widespread disgust from the world of motorsport when footage emerged online of him throwing the bumper of his car at Paolo Ippolito, a driver he felt had taken him out, during a FIA Karting World Championship race.

And then in the paddock after the race, Corberi and his father, who owns the track where the incident took place, returned to physically assault Ippolito once again.

Corberi said after the incident that he was quitting racing for good, and 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button called for a lifetime ban to be imposed upon the Italian.

This was the punishment that the FIA had been chasing, a sanction never before seen in motor sport.

And while ultimately a lifetime ban was not the sanction announced for Corberi, the FIA’s International Tribunal have confirmed that the Italian has been banned from racing for 15 years, stating that the racer should be given the chance to return to racing after serving his suspension.

“The tribunal decided that a 15-year sanction would be adequate and proportional, since such a sanction clearly reflects the gravity of the facts and the violence involved,” the decisions reads, as stated by Motorsport.com, adding that Coberi’s actions were “extremely serious and could have resulted in injuries for any of the drivers participating in the race (including himself).”

“This sanction is one of the most serious sanctions that the tribunal can impose. No other sanction would be able to achieve the envisaged goals of general and specific deterrence and rehabilitation to the same degree – as such, this measure is necessary.”

As a result of the ban, Corberi is now banned from taking part in “any motorsport events organised, directly or indirectly, by the FIA or the ANSs, or from exercising any role or function within the FIA.”

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