'Distraught' Briatore set to hit back - reports

Some sections of the media believe Monday was the end of the crash-gate scandal, but a scorned Flavio Briatore may be now readying to hit back. Spanish motor racing chief Carlos Gracia told the AS newspaper that he believes the 59-year-old...

Some sections of the media believe Monday was the end of the crash-gate scandal, but a scorned Flavio Briatore may be now readying to hit back.

Spanish motor racing chief Carlos Gracia told the AS newspaper that he believes the 59-year-old Italian might be justified in now pursuing court action to contest his life ban from any participation in motor sport.

"I wouldn't rule out him going to ordinary justice because he has been left without his means of earning a living," said the Spaniard.

It is believed Briatore did receive a late invitation to Monday's World Motor Sport Council meeting, but chose not to attend.

Sections of the Italian press said Briatore might use his rancour to launch a non-FIA sanctioned rival to Formula One, and he told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I am distraught."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Flavio Briatore