Having his lifetime ban from motorsport could set Flavio Briatore up for a legal shot at the Piquet family, who he accuses of landing him in the mire following the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
Briatore was accused, initially by former driver Nelson Piquet Jr, of having ordered the Brazilian to deliberately crash in the early stages of F1's first night race, an action which ultimately opened the door for Renault
team-mate Fernando Alonso
to take a much-needed win for the Enstone squad.
As Piquet turned evidence in exchange for freedom from punishment by the FIA, Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds relinquished their positions at the team in an effort to save it from sanction. The Italian, however, has always maintained that he was the victim of a witch-hunt and has now revisited the possibility of suing the Piquet family.
The 59-year old initially threatened legal action at the time of Piquet's revelations, but nothing happened as he and Symonds quit when Renault
opted not to contest the accusations laid at its door.
"The bad that has been done to me won't be forgotten in one day," Briatore commented when asked whether legal action against the Brazilian was now a possibility again.
Britain's Daily Mail
newspaper also reports that the Italian could consider taking action against those drivers who ended their association with him as a manager after being warned by the FIA that they would lose their superlicences if they did not.
"Except for [Heikki] Kovalainen and [Lucas] di Grassi, my relationship with the other drivers has never changed," Briatore noted, "We'll analyse the situation with the lawyers to see whether we should take legal action against anyone who has broken the contracts with us."
Piquet Jr has since been linked to a possible drive with newcomer Campos Meta - ironically the same team that has been linked to a possible future for Briatore - while Kovalainen and di Grassi have found F1 berths with Lotus and Virgin respectively for 2010.