The great return of Briatore

The great return of Briatore

This Friday, the French Formula 1 team Alpine announced the arrival, as executive advisor, of Flavio Briatore.

Flavio Briatore is back in Formula 1. This Friday, before the start of free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, the French team Alpine formalized the arrival of the businessman, in a role of executive advisor. This supervisory role should allow him, for example, to help in the recruitment of engineers, so that the teams at Enstone (chassis/aero) but also at Viry-Châtillon (engine) can be strengthened. The rumor of this arrival dated back to the end of May.
Now aged 74, the Italian had been, for many years, one of the strong men in the premier category. Briatore was even, between the 2000 and 2009 seasons, the boss of the Renault team, at the time of the two world titles gleaned in 2005 then in 2006 by the Spaniard Fernando Alonso. Before that, the Transalpine had also been at the head of the Benetton team, between the 1988 and 1997 seasons.

Briatore, accused of cheating a few years ago

Subsequently, the Italian was suspended in September 2009 due to his role during the “crashgate” scandal. This affair dates back to the 2008 season, and more precisely during the Singapore Grand Prix, when Flavio Briatore asked Nelson Piquet Jr to deliberately cause an accident, in order to benefit the Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who then won this race. It was the Brazilian who, at the time, revealed this affair. Which then prompted the International Automobile Federation (FIA) to open an investigation. The latter concluded that there had been cheating on the part of Briatore, who was then suspended for life from Formula 1. Despite everything, a Parisian court ruled that this decision was irregular in January 2010. The FIA ​​and Flavio Briatore had then reached an agreement which stipulated that the Italian had to stay away from Formula 1 until the end of 2012.

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