Flavio Briatore (as probably everybody else) does not like loosing. But I think his remarks on the current situation in Formula 1 went a bit too far …
“The drivers in our teams have been and are world champions, while the championship is now fought between a driver who was almost retired and another one who is a good guy but a paracarro (Italian saying for being as slow as a milepost at the side of a road). I don’t know where credibility has ended up with all this. To make up the gap we have to those teams is impossible.”
In three or four grands prix, the title will be already decided, and I can’t see what interest TV and spectators can have in seeing a race when Button has 60 points, [Kazuki] Nakajima 50, and someone else 80: it’s better to listen to a race like that on the radio, and watch anything but that.”(from Autosport.com)
Where the credibility has ended up ? Well, the drivers with best cars are fighting it at the front, the others needing some luck on their side to get to podium or points, same as always.
Does he want to say that season 2005, when a young driver in a car that was neither Ferrari, McLaren or Williams won the championship was not credible ?
Is there somewhere a law specifying what teams and drivers can go on to win races and fight for championships ?
Well, last year the excuse was the Renault engine, this year it is the diffuser … Why he simply can’t admit that some other teams did better job reading the rule book ?
It did not take too long for Button and Barrichello to react :
“Unless he is at the front of F1, I am sure [he thinks] any team [being there] hurts the credibility of F1,” Button told reporters in Shanghai.
“He also needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year, so…”
“He is obviously a very angry man after the diffuser issues and he is obviously very disappointed that they haven’t produced a car that is as competitive as ours. We have produced a very competitive car because of the work force we have back at Brackely and you cannot take it away from them – it is very unfair to say that.”
“They have worked very, very hard in very difficult circumstances and it is very, very unfair for Flavio to comment as he has just because he is a little bit bitter – he should also not forget he tried to employ me for this season.”
“I think that is stupid. Really. What a comment. If we all think that we need Ferrari and McLaren to win, why are the others here?
“I really think that because we have a white car and some people are not able to go as fast as us….this is what is good about the sport. They are trying to make the same engine for everybody…so do you think Ferrari is always going to be on top?
“There are plenty of good people in the paddock and plenty of bad losers.”