Briatore Moves to Avoid Complacency

Renault boss Flavio Briatore is due to address his factory staff at Enstone today in a bid to tell them to keep pushing to win the World Championship

Briatore Moves to Avoid Complacency

Although Fernando Alonso's victory in the German Grand Prix has allowed him to open up a 36-points advantage in the title chase, Briatore is refusing to believe the Championship is won just yet.

That is why he is flying straight back to his base to deliver his message to the team that they need to work even harder until the title is actually in the bag.

"This race was a big step for Fernando and for the team," said Briatore about seeing Alonso take the win at Hockenheim after Kimi Raikkonen's retirement. "This team is really a dream team, with all the players doing their job, with everybody working very hard in the last three months.

"But we need to start working harder because the competition is very strong. In sport you never think about winning before something is over, so I will go to the factory and congratulate all the people, but also make sure we continue to push hard in the next two months."

Briatore cites the example of the Champions' League final, where AC Milan threw away a 3-0 advantage at half-time against Liverpool, as proof about how quickly things can change in sport.

"You should never give up pushing hard because I remember Milan were winning 3-0 in the Champions' League final against Liverpool. All the Italian people were going 'okay, it's over, let's go'.

"But you cannot write people off, and in the end - boom - Milan lost. You cannot give your competitor a chance.

"McLaren are under more pressure after this and they have a bigger job to do. But they are a very strong team, and I'm sure they are also pushing hard, so we need to be competitive and be on the podium all the time."

He added: "We need to keep our foot on the floor because we have won nothing at the moment, just a few races.

"So now we need to work harder for the last few races. We need to forget what we have. The only day we will win the championship is when we have so many points that we cannot be caught. We won't give up, but with the motivation we have, it makes it a lot easier."

shares
comments
Analysis: Alonso Cruises Towards Title

Previous article

Analysis: Alonso Cruises Towards Title

Next article

Shnaider Seeking Canadian Backing

Shnaider Seeking Canadian Backing
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola Plus

Why Mercedes isn't confident it's really ahead of Red Bull at Imola

While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track Plus

What Mercedes must do to keep its F1 title challenge on track

Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well-aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead on pace. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping

Formula 1
Apr 16, 2021
Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent Plus

Why Tsunoda can become Japan’s greatest F1 talent

While Japan's fever for motor racing is well-documented, the country has yet to produce a Formula 1 superstar – but that could be about to change, says BEN EDWARDS

Formula 1
Apr 15, 2021
Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration Plus

Why the demise of F1's hypocritical spending habit is cause for celebration

For too long, F1's richest teams have justified being able to spend as much as they want because that's the way they've always conducted their business. STUART CODLING says that's no reason not to kick a bad habit

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate Plus

The double whammy that is defining Vettel’s F1 fate

It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is not guaranteed

Formula 1
Apr 14, 2021
The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition Plus

The diva that stole a march on F1’s wide-bodied opposition

In 2017 new F1 technical regulations were supposed to add drama - and peg Mercedes back. STUART CODLING looks at the car which, while troubled, set the stage for the wide-bodied Formula 1 era

Formula 1
Apr 13, 2021