Banned Flavio Briatore seeks revenge, plotting rival F1 series

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London, Sep 23(ANI): Former Renault managing director Flavio Briatore is reportedly plotting his revenge following his lifetime ban by considering a rival series to Formula One.

Briatore was forced to resign as team principal of Renault following a race fixing scandal, which centred on a crash involving Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr.'s car during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.

After an FIA investigation, the World Motor Sport Council on Monday banned Briatore on charges of conspiracy and race fixing.

In the biggest punishment dished out to an individual in the sport's history he was also barred from running any FIA-sanctioned racing series, attending races and managing teams or drivers, The Mirror reports.

The Italian multi-millionaire businessman is also believed to be contemplating legal action against the FIA.

Briatore has always spoken out about his desires to see F1 provide better entertainment, in 1994 he had said: "All the team owners are orientated towards the technical side rather than the entertainment side, and this is a big fault. Every meeting that I go to, people are talking about pistons and suspensions. Nobody goes to a race to see that kind of thing... People come to see Schumacher and Senna racing each other."

Twelve years later his feelings were much the same: "The people in charge should be businessmen, as they are in Hollywood, not ex-engineers. Nothing costs more, and delivers less entertainment, than hidden technology. And that's what engineers love most of all."

In 2007, he even went so far as to suggest that Grands Prix should be split into two separate races as in the GP2 series. (ANI)

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