Interview with Flavio Briatore

Provided by Renault's press office

Interview with Flavio Briatore

Q. Mr Briatore, how important is the world title for you?

Flavio Briatore: It is first and foremost important for Renault. The company must get a return on its investment. For me, it would be a proof that the titles I won with Benetton were no fluke.

Q. Who do you think will win the championship?

FB: If we slip up again and Kimi scores heavily, then it could get close. But I think the whole situation is great. It is exciting, and good for Formula 1.

Q. Since Indianapolis, the teams have been pitted against Max Mosley. What is your view?

FB: Max Mosley has done a very good job in recent years. He is an intelligent, capable man who has good ideas. That doesn't mean that everything he suggests is perfect but I am in agreement with his most important points.

Q. What do you mean exactly?

FB: The spectators are the people who matter most, and we must improve Formula 1 to make it safer and more entertaining. To do that, we need a strong FIA President like Mosley as a regulator. But for the unity and the attractiveness of the show, we need Ferrari too.

Q. But Ferrari are already doing their own thing with the FIA and Ecclestone, rather than your planned manufacturer series.

FB: And so what? If Ferrari sees the new series working, then I am sure that will get rid of their doubts and they will join it.

Q. How should that happen?

FB: All the people involved in Formula 1 should get together around a table like adults, and start talking to each other and working together as soon as possible.

Q. Is that some kind of peace offering?

FB: No, because there is no war in Formula 1 and there won't be. We all know what Formula 1 needs. We need unity, a strong FIA that supervises everybody, but also more money for the teams and manufacturers than we have at the moment. The FIA has nothing to do with that, it is Bernie Ecclestone, but he only has 25% of the shares. The rest belongs to the banks.

Q. And how can a solution be found to the problem?

FB: The manufacturers develop a system with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone, to which everybody is bound under new terms - including Ferrari. Then everybody will be going in the same direction for 2008.

Q. Without the banks, but with Ecclestone and the FIA?

FB: Yes, because the agreement between the teams (Concorde Agreement) and FOM (Formula One Management) expires in 2007. FOM is currently owned by the banks, and its chief executive is Bernie Ecclestone. In 2008, it is possible to create a brand new Formula 1 series that includes the teams, Bernie Ecclestone and with the FIA as a regulator, without the banks.

Q. Does that mean that Mosley's latest rule proposals that severely limit engine, electronic and aerodynamic technology as well as restricting tyres, would be accepted by the manufacturers?

FB: If I have understood Mosley correctly, the proposed rules from 2008 are a basis for discussion. However, these proposals must be confirmed by the end of the year, otherwise they will inevitably become the rules after being imposed by the FIA.

Q. Do your counterparts share your opinion?

FB: We are looking for a compromise with the FIA and Ecclestone. We accept both positions. We don't have a problem with Bernie nor with Max or the FIA. We simply need to restructure everything in a sensible fashion.

Q. Could the manufacturers carry out their threat to set up their own championship?

FB: That is not the issue. The real question is, what will ultimately help all the stakeholders? That is the only thing that matters.

This interview originally appeared in the 10 July edition of Welt am Sonntag.

shares
comments
Ferrari at a Loss to Explain Form
Previous article

Ferrari at a Loss to Explain Form

Next article

Mercedes Puzzled by Engine Problems

Mercedes Puzzled by Engine Problems
How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine Plus

How Ferrari’s Monaco headache became its Silverstone migraine

OPINION: Ferrari won the British Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz, but it ultimately cost Charles Leclerc a chance to make a bigger dent in Max Verstappen's title lead by leaving the Monegasque out on old tyres towards the end. Like Monaco, indecision over strategy proved to be the Scuderia's biggest issue - and if the team doesn't reflect, the headache can only intensify

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost Plus

The five factors behind Sainz winning a British GP he’d twice lost

Formula 1 has a newest race winner, in a grand prix the victor appeared to have lost twice, only to charge back to headline a sensational and dramatic British Grand Prix. From a massive start crash to a late sprint finish, here’s how five factors saw Carlos Sainz take his maiden grand prix win

Formula 1
Jul 4, 2022
Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga Plus

Why there was no case to answer in Aston’s latest F1 copycat saga

The appearance of a revised Aston Martin in Spain caused controversy but PAT SYMONDS explains why the FIA investigation found the Silverstone team had no case to answer

Formula 1
Jul 3, 2022
Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone Plus

Why it's Red Bull that really leads a three-way fight so far at Silverstone

After a slow start to Friday at Silverstone, all the Formula 1 teams had to effectively cram in a day’s worth of practice into one hour. But there was still plenty to learn and while Ferrari topped the times, a three-way battle is brewing ahead of the British Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jul 2, 2022
Why the future is bright for the British GP Plus

Why the future is bright for the British GP

It wasn’t so long ago the situation looked bleak at Silverstone with the future of the British Grand Prix under threat. But a transformation has seen it restored to one of the most important races on the Formula 1 calendar, with bigger and better to come

Formula 1
Jul 1, 2022
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Formula 1
Jun 30, 2022
Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022