Briatore Plays Down Rossi Feud

Renault boss Flavio Briatore has moved to play down talk of a feud between himself and Valentino Rossi over the MotoGP Champion's switch to Formula One

Briatore Plays Down Rossi Feud

Rossi and Briatore have both been critical of each other's attitudes in recent weeks - with Briatore claiming that Rossi was behaving like a child in 'kindergarten' on bikes.

After being criticised by Rossi about those comments, Briatore has insisted that there is no major personal issue between himself and the fellow Italian - although he has made it clear that he was not impressed by Rossi's apparent belief that people in F1 were afraid of him.

"I don't hold a grudge against Rossi," said Briatore in Gazzetta dello Sport. "I consider Formula One a serious business, while he immediately said it's all easy.

"To me that looked disrespectful to people working in it."

And in a cheeky dig at Rossi, Briatore said he would have no qualms about hiring him for his Formula One team - if he proved to be as quick on four wheels as he was on two.

"If he was fast, why not?" added Briatore. "Maradona was the best footballer in the world, but I don't know if he's good at volleyball. It's not enough to have a ball in the middle."

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