Briatore Wary of Change in Qualifying

Renault boss Flavio Briatore will not agree to change the current qualifying system, if it will give advantage to other teams

Briatore Wary of Change in Qualifying

Renault are one of the teams to have made the most of this year's aggregated qualifying system, with one of their drivers on the front row in every Grand Prix this year, including one pole position for Italian Giancarlo Fisichella and two for his Spanish teammate and World Championship leader Fernando Alonso.

Briatore told Italian television RAI: "Since we have to be unanimous, we'll change qualifying only if it makes sense. For sure I won't be changing the system in order to give advantages to other teams. So either we change it without giving an advantage to anyone, or we keep it as is."

Toyota driver Jarno Trulli, who until last year drove for Renault, was critical of his ex-boss. "I'm surprised Briatore too is now against this qualifying system," Trulli told Gazzetta dello Sport, "because he supported it since it was supposed to improve the show. It should have been thought through beforehand. I don't like it, as I said since the beginning. The best solution remains the one with twelve laps per driver."

Briatore responded: "I'm not the one who wanted it. I think Trulli made a mistake... maybe one gets emotional when becoming a father. We agreed to this qualifying system for the small teams, to give visibility to their sponsors."

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