Is Flavio Briatore set for a return to F1?

Disgraced former Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore has hinted that he might return to the Formula 1 fraternity after 2012.

Talk about long-term goal-planning!

The Italian was implicated in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix ‘Crashgate’ scandal, and successfully had his FIA-imposed lifetime motorsports ban overturned under appeal.

Briatore stepped down from his role at Renault and also was sacked from relinquished his post as Chairman of the Queens Park Rangers football club in the aftermath of the fiasco.

Flav, who will turn 60 in a few days and has fathered his second child – his first with his new wife Elisabetta – has ruled out a return to a motorsports management role.

But Flav’s good mate, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is quoted as having said a few days ago: "I think he could take up a role in the promotion of Formula One."

Briatore has now told Italy’s Sky Sport 24: "I was thrown out as though a criminal. I will never come back to Formula One as team manager, but perhaps [I will return]after 2012 in another role."

Will the F1 world welcome Flavio back, or will he land up being a pariah like Nelson Piquet Jr?

[Original image via Motor Ward]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.