Briatore predicts battle to the wire
|By Michele Lostia||Wednesday, August 23rd 2006, 13:01 GMT|
Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes this year's championships could be decided in the final race of the season.
World champion Fernando Alonso has seen a 25-point gap to Michael Schumacher reduced to just 10 after the Ferrari driver won three races in a row. In the last race in Hungary, both men retired, but Schumacher scored a point to close in on his rival.
With five races remaining, Briatore believes the title battle is set to go down to the wire.
"What is certain is that the championship will be decided in the last two races," Briatore told Autosprint. "China, Japan? And why not Brazil, in the last Grand Prix? By now the technical parity between us and Ferrari is pretty much absolute.
"What will be decisive will be details, the many small variables."
The Italian team boss also highlighted the importance of not making any mistakes in the remaining races, and reckons Alonso, not Schumacher, missed a big chance in Hungary.
Alonso retired from the race when in the lead, while Schumacher took a gamble with his tyres when running in second and eventually was forced to retire.
"The match balls are five from now to Interlagos," he said. "Who says only Ferrari has thrown one away? Before the mess happened in our pitstop, didn't we have the match ball? Alonso was going to win hands down."