Briatore Vows to Let his Drivers Fight

Giancarlo Fisichella has been promised that he will not be held back in his quest to win this year's World Championship title by team orders, even though Renault teammate Fernando Alonso has opened up a big lead over him in the title table

Briatore Vows to Let his Drivers Fight

Fisichella's retirements in Malaysia and Bahrain have led to him dropping 16 points behind Alonso and, with Renault's rivals all likely to start closing in on the French manufacturer, there is a chance the team's title hopes could be compromised if their drivers fight between themselves and take points off each other.

But team boss Flavio Briatore has made it clear that he will not impose team orders between the two drivers yet - and that he will be more than happy to see the pair fight it out for the title.

"Fernando and Giancarlo are two winners and if they were to fight for the Championship I'd let them," said Briatore in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport. "Giancarlo has deeply changed. It's a pleasure to watch him drive, he's much stronger mentally and he reacts coolly to difficulties."

Briatore is confident that Renault's position as the early-season pace-setter in Formula One can be maintained, and he admits that he is more comfortable by the fact that Toyota have been their closest challengers than reigning champions Ferrari.

"On paper we are the team to beat at Imola," said Briatore. "To have Toyota behind us lets me sleep at night; it wouldn't be like that if there was Ferrari instead."

Fisichella himself is well aware that he cannot afford to lose further ground to Alonso at this weekend's San Marino Grand Prix - and he is hopeful that Renault will again be fighting at the front.

"Imola will be a special weekend, as it's a home race and I come from two ugly races," he said. "I think we'll be in front again even if the others, especially Ferrari and McLaren, have made some progress. At Imola I won my first F3 race and scored my first championship points in a Jordan, so it's not an ordinary track for me."

shares
comments
Grapevine: Briatore Wants F1 Run in New York
Previous article

Grapevine: Briatore Wants F1 Run in New York

Next article

Renault Hope for Imola Boost

Renault Hope for Imola Boost
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats Plus

How Verstappen's record-breaking 2022 season compares to the F1 greats

The 2022 Formula 1 season will be remembered as a record book rewriting Max Verstappen masterclass, a completely different challenge to his maiden world championship last year, and a clear sign he is still raising his own level. But where does it stack up against the all-time great F1 campaigns?

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a close at the Yas Marina Circuit, where the battle for second in the standings was decided, the wins in a season record extended and a retiring four-time world champion bowed out on a high. Here's how we rated the drivers

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022
The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph Plus

The factors that stopped Perez catching Leclerc in Verstappen's Abu Dhabi triumph

Max Verstappen ended the 2022 Formula 1 season in fitting fashion with a dominant drive to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But behind him, early season rival Charles Leclerc achieved his target of securing the runner-up spot with a well-executed a one-stop strategy to beat Sergio Perez, whose pursuit on a two-stop strategy was hampered by several critical factors

Formula 1
Nov 21, 2022