Briatore: Hamilton a worthy champion

Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes Lewis Hamilton was the right man to win the Formula One world championship this year - even though Felipe Massa ended the year with more wins

Briatore: Hamilton a worthy champion

Hamilton snatched the crown from Massa's grasp when he overtook Timo Glock for the fifth place he needed at the penultimate corner of the Brazilian GP. It meant he ended the year with five wins to Massa's six.

And although Briatore famously questioned Hamilton's approach to racing in the wake of his first lap incident at the Japanese Grand Prix, Briatore has said he believes there is no question the Briton was a worthy winner.

When asked by autosport.com if the right man won the championship, Briatore said: "In the end, I think so. Okay, Massa was penalized for two or three big mistakes by Ferrari, but in the end it was okay.

"He is great. Lewis went out there to win the title and he has won it. I believe the finale was amazing - but congratulations to Lewis."

Briatore also believes that the amazing climax to the season, with the title only settled at the penultimate corner, was great news in terms of ramping up the interest in F1.

"I think it was amazing," he said. "It was fantastic for the sport. It was fantastic for the television and an amazing finish."

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