• Jan 18th 2010 at 6:29PM
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Flavio Briatore is out for blood. The flamboyant Italian billionaire and disgraced former director of the Renault Formula One team was kicked out of the sport by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in the wake of the "Crashgate" affair involving Nelson Piquet Jr., but subsequently won an appeal in French courts overturning the FIA's ban (along with that of his cohort Pat Symonds) The courts upheld the argument made by Briatore's lawyers that the FIA's judicial process was corrupted under Max Mosley's presidency, and that its rulings were illegal.

Despite the legal victory, Briatore says he'll never manage another F1 team again. He is, however, reportedly opening another lawsuit against the FIA for lost income. Part of the lifetime ban imposed by the motorsport governing body included Briatore's driver management agency, which had to give up such talents as Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen. The lawsuit will seek damages for those lost revenues, as well as the damage caused to Briatore's professional reputation.

For its part, the FIA – now under new leadership – has announced its intention to overhaul its procedures to separate the powers, but that won't stop Flavio from seeking his day in court.

[Sources: Pitpass, Autosport | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      He's certainly not a billionaire. Check his net worth. Aside from F1, his money used to come from a small line of retail shops and nightclubs. I think I remember reading somewhere not too long ago he was worth $20 million. No small change, but no billionaire either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously, you can sue other people for damage to your reputation after you get caught lying and cheating!!! That's just not cricket

      Does he think he won't have to pay his lawyers when he loses?

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Flavio is unbelievable.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      He should sue his hairdresser.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He's a talent for sure but having a driver crash was insane and inane! Personally I think Piquet Jr was just as stupid.

      @hamhock... you can't be that stupid? I guess there are no Fiats, Ferraris, fabulous design centers, some of the best food in the world and so on. What a lame uneducated vision of one of the best places in the world.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While Flavio might seem like a tool, he is responsible for scouting out some of the greatest talents lined up on the Formula 1 grid today. Without him, F1 might be entirely different.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously thought for a second that was Ron Jeremy without a mustache... sorry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually wonder who has shagged the most hot women between the two of them, will be a close call.
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