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Very difficult to win team title with Raikkonen – Briatore

Flavio Briatore has questioned Ferrari’s decision to stick with Kimi Raikkonen for 2018.

In Austin, Mercedes wrapped up the 2017 constructors’ world championship with a full three races to spare.

And Briatore, the former title-winning Renault team boss, says pairing Raikkonen with Sebastian Vettel is not a good strategy if Ferrari wants to wear the constructors’ crown in the future.

“Certainly it is very difficult to win the constructors’ title with Raikkonen,” the Italian told the Spanish daily Marca.

“To win, you must have two drivers who are competitive and then you identify who should win the drivers’ championship,” he added.

Even if Ferrari’s Vettel wins in Mexico this weekend, a mere fifth place will wrap up the drivers’ championship for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Briatore says the British driver will deserve it.

“You win and lose races, but a championship is more like the Giro d’Italia.

“Lewis and Mercedes have been the strongest, even if Ferrari did very well at the beginning. But I think Mercedes did the better job in development,” he added.

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4 Comments
  • Jurgen Berden

    I don’t particularly like the guy and love Kimi but flav is right… For Ferrari to win the constructor championship Kimi has to fight at least for podiums… Not for top 10 like Kimi does… I’m afraid there are always too many excuses from Kimi… that’s not how you get the constructors title

  • Michiel Bijlsma

    Briatore mumbled that one sentence. He really said “To win, you must have two drivers who are competitive and then you identify who should drive the legal car,”

  • Mark Kusters

    Dear Bill, it kinda gives the impression that you really don’t think about what you write for more that 2 seconds, do you?
    Sure, Flavio B. did cheat but he also is more of a Formula 1 insider than you and me will ever be and that’s why people still ask for his opinion.
    And your comment about Jos and Max Verstappen at the other article was also not the best you could have done. Call them cry babies for that one time they complain? And they did have a reason to do so, as agreed by a certain Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti, Mark Webber… Ever heard of them?

    Dear Bill, can we make a deal that for the next time you want to publish a comment at this website you first talk it over with your girl/boy friend or neighbour and only after that talk you react? Would be the sensible thing to do.
    Take care.

  • Bill Cape Coral

    Flavio Briatore the guy that got caught cheating and kicked out of Formula One, yeah we all want to hear what you have to say NOT!

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