Benetton rules out returning to F1

A chief of the Benetton company has ruled out taking the Italian fashion brand back to Formula One. The Benetton family bought the Toleman team at the end of 1985, appointing Flavio Briatore in 1990 and securing three world championships between...

A chief of the Benetton company has ruled out taking the Italian fashion brand back to Formula One.

The Benetton family bought the Toleman team at the end of 1985, appointing Flavio Briatore in 1990 and securing three world championships between 1994 and 1995.

In 2000 the Enstone based team was sold to Renault.

"Formula one is a chapter that is absolutely closed (for Benetton) and unrepeatable," said Alessandro Benetton, the Group's executive deputy chairman.

"It was beautiful to win in a time when there was the opportunity to be competitive for those who are not automobile constructors," he is quoted as saying by Italy's Corriere dello Sport.

45-year-old Benetton was also asked about the conflict between the major teams and the governing FIA. "I trust that, in the end, there will be an agreement," he said.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Flavio Briatore
Teams Benetton