Flavio Briatore, the outspoken team boss for Renault, has taken a jab (albeit constructive) at Lewis Hamilton.

TellingThe Guardian:

“Hamilton had a very good possibility to learn. When you are a rookie you need to take that opportunity. He had the chance to drive with somebody very special in Fernando.

“Hamilton is very young and the talent is there but he lost this opportunity. As a rookie you should work for the team. Your team consists of 1,000 people working together to put two cars on the grid. You need to respect these people behind you – and not only your ego. This is something the driver needs to learn. It’s not just about him. You hear drivers saying ‘my car’. But it is not their car – it is the team car.”

Now don’t get me wrong, Flav is a champ of spinning things but here’s the kicker; I actually agree with him to a point. I think Lewis could have learned a lot from Fernando if the Lewis-mania hadn’t taken over and expected him to win the title his first year. Just saying…

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I’m sure he will have learned many things from Fernando.

Flavio is a fool, if he had the chance to sign Lewis he would. I didn’t see him praising Kovi much for his team ethic, criticising him mainly for his poor performances (Oz for instance) when clearly the Renault was a driveable as the QE2.


I’m a crazy Alonso fan, and continue to support whatever team he is at…because I like his unflappable confidence and cool public demeanor yet knowing that beneath it all he’s a massive, mean competitive s.o.b. (as could be seen by his tussle with Massa post race last year and his aggressive “in-your-face” enthusiasm on that same podium). Yet what baffles me over the last year and a half is how this persona can coexist with one that everyone is trying to protect from a potentially superior understudy. Wouldn’t this Alonso invite this challenge? Would Flavio really sacrifice Heiki to keep… Read more »