Formula 1 fans, you will only have yourselves to blame with your complaints about the current shape of the sport if this man is allowed to get back in the game.

Disgraced former team principal Flavio Briatore has been invited by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to steer a new working group aimed at boosting the sport’s popularity and appealing to the next generation ofr F1 fans.

Eccestone has come under increasing pressure for a number of factors, not least of have been falling TV figures (triggered by his decisions to privatise ‘free to air’ broadcasting in a number of countries) and questions over the sport’s future (triggered by his current bribery court case in Munich).

Added to this has been Mercedes’ near complete dominance to-date in 2014 under the new regulations, a trend that has inexplicably triggered criticism from a huge number of fans despite this season producing some truly high-quality racing through the field.

So in true ‘headless chicken’ fashion, Ecclestone has roped in one of his closest allies in Briatore to help reshape the sport – assuming of course it needs further reshaping.

The Italian – formerly team principal of the Benetton and Renault F1 teams until he was banned by the FIA for his role in the 2008 ‘Crashgate’ scandal – will reportedly chair a summit with a number of leaders from selected F1 teams in the near future.

Briatore has regularly criticised the new regulations, which saw the sport switch from V8 engines to turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 power units that featured complex energy energy harvesting technology and tightly controlled fuel limits.

It is undoubtedly another worrying chapter in the direction that the sport is taking if it is to involve the man who conspired in one of the sport’s greatest episodes of cheating.

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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.