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Briatore: One day I might come back

Ex-Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore has given his clearest indication yet that one day in the future, he might return to the sport that threw him out like 'a criminal' over the 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal
Flavio Briatore has conceded that whilst never again as a team boss, he might one day come back to F1 – the sport that so publicly ejected him last year 'as though a criminal'.

Expelled indefinitely from the top flight as punishment for the leading role he played in the salacious 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal – and having already relinquished his post at the head of Renault F1 – the flamboyant Italian subsequently proved successful in January in getting his lifetime ban quashed by the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Paris.

Pending a likely appeal from governing body the FIA – whose former president Max Mosley's 'desire for personal revenge' formed the backbone of Briatore's French High Court case – the 59-year-old is free to return to the grand prix paddock, and his friend and influential F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has admitted: “I think he could take up a role in the promotion of Formula 1.”

Having similarly stepped down from his role as chairman of London football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR), Briatore – who has made much in recent years of the need to make F1 more entertaining and accessible to the fans – has now revealed in an interview with Italy's Sky Sport 24: “I was thrown out as though a criminal. I will never come back to Formula 1 as team manager, but perhaps [I will return] after 2012 in another role.”

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