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"A new chapter will begin"

“A new chapter will begin”

Flavio Briatore between Nelcinio Beckett and Fernando Alonso before Singapore

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Formula 1 will go through a period of intense changes starting next year, mainly considering the entry of a new technical regulation, but the new cars may not be the only new additions to the class in 2022. Flavio Briatore, formerly Benetton and Renault Team Principal and Banned may return From F1 in the 2009 episode of “Singapuragate”. The Italian posted a video on his Instagram account in which he appears alongside category president Stefano Domenicali, warning fans to expect a “new chapter”.

“New energy, new power and new enthusiasm for Formula 1,” the former manager said in the video. “A new chapter in Formula 1 is about to begin: we will provide you with all the excitement, entertainment, fun and energy this great sport deserves,” Briatore continued in the following comment. Notably, current Red Bull boss Christian Horner welcomed the Italian: “It’s great to see you get involved in the sport again,” he said.

Briatore was banned from Formula 1 indefinitely in 2009, after evidence highlighted his participation in “Singapuragate” 2008. Pat Symonds persuaded Brazil’s Nelcinio Pique to crash in turn 17 on purpose, as a way to activate the car’s safety-a-lap system 14 According to his colleague Fernando Alonso, who managed to win the race.

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Nelsinho Piquet deliberately crashed at the 2008 Singapore GP, in the biggest scandal in Formula 1 history (Image: F1)

A year later, following an FIA investigation, then-President Max Mosley decided to indefinitely ban Briatore, his opponent, from any FIA-related sport. Thus, the Italian’s last participation in Formula 1 was at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix, the last step before his banishment. Additionally, Symonds was also banned, but that’s for five years.

Nelcinio Piqué was granted immunity for his testimony, which highlighted the scandal that is considered the largest in Formula 1 history. However, the episode ended any chance for the driver to return to work in the world’s largest class of motorsport. His teammate Fernando Alonso was not penalized – despite indications that the Spaniard was aware of the plan.

The next phase of the 2021 Formula 1 season will take place this weekend with the United States Grand Prix dispute, at the Circuit of the Americas. NS grand prize Follow everything live and in real time.

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