Flavio Briatore spoke with Gazzetta dello Sport. Quite a bit of the talk was about the current state of Formula 1. But he also said this:
“The problem is that us, Renault, have stuck to the letter of the current regulations on frozen engines, and we’ve been buggered: others didn’t do that and are far ahead, while we suffer. It’s not fair.”
Is he suggesting the others are cheating ? Or is he admitting that Renault engine guys simply haven’t bothered to exploit all the loopholes in the engine freeze rules ?
Does he know something we don’t or is he simply being pathetic ?
There have been suggestions that several teams managed to develop their engines and extract extra horse powers from them despite the engine frueeze rule. No rule violations have been proved so far. FIA begins their routine checks of the all the engines, starting with Hamilton’s German GP engine. We may know soon if Briatore has some valid reason for these comments.
But even if Briatore is right, how does he explain that Renaults have been regularly outperformed also by Renault powered Red Bulls (although Piquet’s podium reduced the point gap between these 2 teams to only 1 point) ?