"Betrayed" Briatore vows to fight back and win

MILAN Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:50pm BST

Renault Formula One team principal Flavio Briatore is pictured in the pits during the qualifying session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 12, 2009. REUTERS/Luca Bruno/Pool

Renault Formula One team principal Flavio Briatore is pictured in the pits during the qualifying session for the Italian F1 Grand Prix in Monza September 12, 2009.

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MILAN (Reuters) - Banned former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore said he had been betrayed by Formula One on Friday and promised to hold a big party when he eventually emerges victorious.

The flamboyant Italian was handed a life ban this week for his role in Nelson Piquet's deliberate crash in last year's Singapore Grand Prix.

Renault were handed a suspended permanent ban at Monday's International Automobile Federation (FIA) hearing in Paris.

"In the end I will win and you will see, we will have a big party," he was quoted as saying on La Repubblica's website (www.repubblica.it).

"It will be well organised and we'll invite everyone who has stayed close to me in these difficult times."

"I've been betrayed by my own world," Briatore added. "I will talk only at the right time, assuming they let me talk.

The sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone, Briatore's friend and business partner, has said the life ban is too harsh as has Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

Media reports have said Briatore will appeal to the FIA or take his case to the civil courts.

"Look at the verdict the FIA put online on Tuesday. It's not about me," he said.

Renault suffered further fallout from a race-fixing scandal on Thursday when title sponsor ING and Spain's Mutua Madrilena tore up their contracts with immediate effect.

(Writing by Mark Meadows; Editing by Alan Baldwin)

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