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Season 2001 is notable, then, that Formula 1 made its debut a few talented drivers, including Fernando Alonso. The first car of the Spaniard was a Minardi starting number "21".In 1999, Alonso won the World series by Renault. The next step, Formula 3000, where a Spaniard, with one win in fourth place. Results Fernando has attracted the attention of Flavio Briatore, the team principal of Benetton and in the end of 2000, the young pilot had conducted the first tests behind the wheel of a Formula 1.In 2001 19-year-old Alonso was the official test pilot with Benetton. In parallel, Briatore was able to negotiate with a small team Minardi regarding internships Fernando. The debut of Spanish took place at the Grand Prix of Australia, where he started 19th and finished 12th.
Since its appearance in Formula 1 in the mid-1970s, Ligier used the numbers "25" and "26". But in 1996, under the new rules, the French team got "9" and "10". "Nine," was happy for Olivier Panis.In late 1994, Flavio Briatore, then head of Benetton, for a nominal sum bought Ligier, find themselves in a difficult financial situation. However, the Italian was most interested in the contract for the supply of motors Renault, which he immediately copied by Benetton. Instead Ligier got the engine Mugen-Honda and the access to the development of a championship team. Naturally, the new Ligier cars was like two peas similar to Benetton.If in the season 1995 the case Ligier bit went up the hill, the 1996 results has dropped significantly. For the season, the team earned only 15 points, and 10 of them Olivier received an unexpected victory in the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
Flavio Briatore, former head of the commands Benetton Renault, indirectly confirmed that the free space in Williams is Sergey Sirotkin, but not Robert Kubica, whose work leads the 2016 champion Nico Rosberg.Flavio Briatore "I'm sorry that Kubica was able to negotiate with Williams. I spoke with Rosberg, and he said that he tried various options, but the pilot from Russia, a big budget, about 20 million, but Kubica was able to collect approximately 7-10 million.Sorry. And I don't even know the name of this Russian. Very strange that the leaders of the championship did not help Robert to return to Formula 1 - that would be great".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Lewis Hamilton deserved to win his fourth title.Flavio Briatore "this year, he was more motivated. He worked more on the track than at the disco. That he helped win the title".
The former head of the commands Benetton Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Ferrari should refuse the services of Kimi Raikkonen.Flavio Briatore "I don't know what is going to make Sergio Marchionne, but with Raikkonen they do not win the Cup of designers. To win, you need to have two excellent pilots, and Ferrari has only one.I would with eyes closed signed a contract with Verstappen. It's a real pilot, which was nice to see".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that the new owners of Formula 1 was doing the right thing for the modernization of the sport.Flavio Briatore "I'm still watching this race. I especially like to observe what appears new in this sport. It was going to happen.Ross brown called me in the spring, and we agreed that the pilot should return to the center of attention and that Formula 1 no longer needs to be a technical world championship.Everything goes in the right direction. Fans don't need budgets. I was with Fernando Alonso at Indy 500 this year where the best car is worth 10 million dollars for the entire season. This is the twentieth part of the value in Formula 1, but the show better".A year has passed since then, as the championship left, Bernie Ecclestone. Briatore told what he is doing now.Flavio Briatore "I can Assure you that Bernie's all right. Better than many people think. He loves life, works hard on his coffee plantation in Brazil and is enjoying life with his wonderful wife Fabiana".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that the constructors ' championship with Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari did not win.Flavio Briatore "it is very difficult to win the title in the team standings with Raikkonen. To win, you must have two competitive pilot, and then you determine who should win the title in the individual competition.You win and lose races, but the championship is more like the Giro dItaly.Lewis and Mercedes were the strongest, even if the Ferrari was good at his job early in the season. But I think that Mercedes simply did a better job during the whole season".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore is convinced that Ferrari will not be able to beat Mercedes this season.Flavio Briatore "I say this with regret, but Ferrari could have had more chances to win, if better used, problems of Mercedes in the first half of the season.Mercedes had their difficulties, but they are now in the past. The problem is now the Scuderia. However, there is still half of the season. Let's wait".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore said that Fernando Alonso is aiming for a place in one of the best team in the season of 2018.Flavio Briatore "Fernando needs to go to Mercedes or Ferrari. Renault is still at a great distance from being a top team.Look, there are ten strong football clubs in Europe. Messi will be much more choices than Alonso. In Formula 1 you can only win with three teams.Blame Ron Dennis. He provoked the problems at McLaren in 2007, and Mercedes has nothing to do with ".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Fernando Alonso could return to the camp of Ferrari.Flavio Briatore "He always got along with everyone in the al the stables, he argued only with the leadership, which no longer exists.In this life you can't rule anything out. Fernando is a bit like Senna, who had no problems with any of the teams. He only needs a car capable of winning.In Formula 1 there are only two teams that can win Ferrari and Mercedes.McLaren can be the best team, but only if they change the engines. We see that Red Bull and Force India unable to perform well, but only in rare cases".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff said that he really held a meeting in the restaurant with Flavio Briatore, an old friend Fernando Alonso.Toto Wolff "When you Flavio, the conversation inevitably comes to Fernando Alonso But we are very happy with our two drivers and see no reason to change the team. So talking about the contract with Alonso was not."Flavio Briatore "nothing, Nothing. Wolff constantly asks me about the future of Fernando, but now is not the time. He is in a McLaren. Alonso already proved that flies at the highest level".
The former head of the Benetton Renault Flavio Briatore believes Ferrari for a long time can not get a title.Flavio Briatore "I Personally did not see any significant changes at Ferrari over the last years. Yet those same people will be engaged in the manufacture, the product will be the same. It's like baking bread if the same bakers baking, the product will not change. This year Ferrari have no chance of success.I think that the new rules will be perfect for Red Bull. In addition, Lewis Hamilton, the last year spent on vacation, doing skiing and music, and now decide to once again take up the head".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore said that Michael Schumacher is not getting any better.Flavio Briatore "I know from Jean Todt and Felipe Massa, the good news about the health of Michael Schumacher is not. News there is absolutely no. And I believe that no news is very bad sign".
Flavio Briatore, a former Manager of Fernando Alonso, admitted that he is not surprised by the rumors regarding the transition of the Spaniard in the Mercedes.Flavio Briatore "When top teams occurs a vacancy, I immediately called the name of Fernando. But he has a contract with McLaren, which he is going to respect.The situation is different from what it was two years ago. Then Fernando left Ferrari, even though he had a contract. The President of Ferrari Luca di Montezemolo said that Alonso can leave if you don't win the title in 2014, and he went, although he was offered a three-year contract".
The majority of Formula 1 teams are based in the UK. Here and Ferrari, according to former team principal of Renault Flavio Briatore, is to acquire a branch in Albion.Flavio Briatore "I have many years say that Ferrari must have a base in England if they want to succeed. They began to win, when he took my team of 12 engineers. I advise them to build a base somewhere between the bases McLaren, Williams and Red Bull.In the beginning of this year has left Ferrari technical Director James Allison, turned out to be. British engineer returned to his native England for family reasons.
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that the results of Sebastian Vettel amid Kimi Raikkonen speak for themselves.Flavio Briatore "Problems and results Sebastian show was how good Fernando really is. Because of the difference he did, not a machine.Ferrari has 80 needed to win, but 20 is a huge gap to overcome that Vettel is not capable of".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore thinks the Formula 1 championship you need to bring to the fans.Flavio Briatore "Now the Formula-1 has become excessively boring, and to see that behind the scenes, was possible only to fans of billionaires. The rules were unclear, a lot just looks artificial, around the sea of politics. For the aggression and punish the really good maneuvers. It's boring, and fans don't like such.Championship have to do closer to the viewer. I would have forced the pilots to put on 25 Instagram photos over the weekend. If not, then imposed a serious penalty".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore said that he gave advice to Fernando Alonso to leave Ferrari.Flavio Briatore "I know that Alonso was good in a Ferrari. He liked it, but at that time already began to soar much speculation that the Spaniard in the team became uncomfortable. Criticized him and at the same time, the car was incapable of good results.I thought that Honda will succeed sooner than Ferrari. It was my mistake to advise Alonso go to another team".
The former head of the champion teams Benetton and Renault Flavio Briatore thinks Ferrari should move their base to England if the Scuderia wants to consistently win the championship.Flavio Briatore in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "the Championship needs to win, and hard work, as they do in Mercedes. And Ferrari now barely grabs second place. If Hamilton could find the right button in Baku, he would have easily taken second place from Vettel.To win in Formula 1 is not easy, but Ferrari did it a few times. They just need to open a base in England. After all, if you want to make the best champagne, you have to go to France, if prosciutto in Parma, but if you are in Formula 1, it is necessary to go to England."It should be noted that the base eight for the eleven Formula 1 teams located in England, including Mercedes.
The pilot of McLaren Fernando Alonso is the official representative of the Grand Prix of Baku, and the Spaniard believes that strong teams like the new track.Fernando Alonso "I remember Flavio Briatore called me and offered to promote the stage in Baku. He also asked for permission from McLaren to use me in this work. I agreed, since both me and the team benefited from it. I can tell you that the race will be just fine.I liked Baku, I like to share experience with people. The race should appeal to strong teams, the fight will be very acute. Our team track is not suitable, so we do not claim great rewards".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that in three years, which itself was given by a French company to achieve success in Formula 1 with the new team Lotus, you need to change absolutely everything.Flavio Briatore "in three years a lot can happen. Everything is on the verge, so Renault has a small chance to fix it. The team needs to be strong and fight for victory.Renault in three years should change everything engineers, management, pilots. The team will be really hard, but it's part of the way.Under the leadership of Briatore, the Renault team won the championship in 2005 and 2006.
The former leader of teams Benetton and Renault's Flavio Briatore believes that buying a Lotus dooms the French company Renault on problems, compared to which the loss of championship status of a supplier of engines - baby talk.Flavio Briatore "I heard that Renault wants to buy Lotus. It's just wonderful, but only if the company wants to get to his head even more problemsAnd bore should ask me to go back. I hate this championship that became a rivalry between the manufacturers and not by pilots. People are tired of this and don't want to look at it".
Ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Webber in his autobiography talked about what was in the 2012 season to compete in the Ferrari.Mark Webber "I met with the head of Ferrari Stefano Domenicali on the yacht Flavio Briatore in Monaco. Flavio, Stefano and Fernando Alonso asked me about my move to Ferrari. The contracts were ready, but they gave me only one year with the vague option for renewal. Then I did, and said I wanted to work with me all year. I refused, as it required a two-year contract.At that moment I felt that this contract is not for me. It was tempting, but not for me".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that in a short time Fernando Alonso will return to the championship leaders.Flavio Briatore "I see, how is McLaren, I am sure that Alonso chose the right path by going to this team. Very soon the barn will fight for victory and the title.If Alonso had stayed in the Scuderia, he would forever was the second. Last year Alonso was behind the Mercedes of seven-tenths in qualifying and was the fifth. Now the gap is the same, let Vettel and second. But still, the gap has not changed, and McLaren has a chance to change the situation.
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Fernando Alonso did the right thing, returning to McLaren.Flavio Briatore "Alonso is a great man that changed his team. And I don't care what is your opinion about it in the Scuderia. Also Fernando was right that Ferrari can fight for the title. They are second, not first. But otherwise, I have this race was bored. They have no passion, they have become boring".
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that Formula 1 is on the verge of collapse.Flavio Briatore "This is ridiculous I watched the race for about ten minutes and went about his business. Teams spend a quarter of a billion euros so as not to give their pilots to drive to the fullest. This is ridiculous Race should be a race to the pilots wet out of the cars passing all the circles at the maximum. And now the Formula 1 is losing sponsors and spectator.
The former head of Renault Flavio Briatore believes that the current balance of power in teams is perfect, and he wouldn't change a thing, except for one thing.Flavio Briatore "I like the way the team distributed pilots. Hamilton looks very harmonious, with Rosberg, who is under pressure does not break and resists. Ferrari also everything is fine, because Vettel has found its place, and Kimi Raikkonen managed to improve their performance for the year performances.The only thing I would have changed, so this is Kimi. Well the year he'll polytope, well, two. Then what We need to rely on talented youth. The Scuderia need Bottas or ricciardo, although the latter linked long-term contract with Red Bull.
Manager Fernando Alonso said that his fighter can spend in the hospital for another two or three days.Luis Garcia Abad, Manager of the pilot "Fernando's all right, but as long as he remains in the hospital. The blow was very strong, and we have to make sure that his health is not in danger. I can't yet say how long he will spend in the hospital one day, two or three."About the accident Alonso said his former Manager and former team principal of Renault, Flavio Briatore "This accident is just an unfortunate coincidence. Telemetry with his car says that he tried to bring the situation under control. For Fernando this is the second serious accident in his career, the first was in 2004. He does not remember the accident, but not revealed any damage. Perhaps on Tuesday he will leave the hospital.
The former head of Renault's Flavio Briatore believes that Formula 1 all do that race became even more boring.Flavio Briatore "Formula 1 that all happens here with only one purpose - to make the race even more boring. This spent a lot of money, and it's just a shame. Formula 1 is a sport, but not the arrowhead progress. Why was it necessary to switch to hybrids Why put a quieter engines All this was not so interesting to the viewer.Need to return a powerful loud engines, to equalize the chances of winning for all pilots - and then the championship will revive.