Flavio Briatore is not planning on making a return to Formula One in the near future despite protesting his innocence over the alleged race fixing at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.
The former supremo worked with Benetton and Renault during his stint in Formula One, helping to launch the careers of Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. However, he walked away from the sport following the race fixing scandal which saw Nelson Piquet Jr. crash on purpose in order to allow Alonso to win the race for Renault. In an interview with F1 Racing, Briatore has reinforced his innocence over the matter.
“There was no proof that I was involved in Singapore. Which is the reason I won in court. I’ve nothing more to say; I said it already at the time.”
Briatore also said that he had no trouble staying away from the sport, and that he would not be making a return any time soon.
“I was in Formula 1 for 20 years, won seven championships with two different teams, discovered the two big stars after Ayrton Senna: Schumi and Fernando.
“I know everything that’s going on and I know to have a team at this moment makes no sense financially. So, there is no reason for me to come back to F1.”
Quite whether Briatore really is done with F1 or not remains to be seen, but he does not appear to be burning to make a comeback.