Italian businessman and former Renault Formula One managing director Flavio Briatore is cautious regarding Scuderia Ferrari’s chances ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 season, which will start at the end of the week, when the Australian Gp is scheduled to take place.
The controversial former F1 team boss was recently asked by F1 journalist Leo Turrini if, like many Italians and Scuderia Ferrari fans, is excited by rumours that the Maranello side might finally be able to challenge Mercedes and fight for the Formula 1 titles, but replied that he does not believe that Ferrari has miraculously found a winning way: “I do not share all this optimism surrounding Ferrari. I understand the feeling after the Barcelona test, but I doubt that the results are reliable. I just cannot imagine Mercedes behind, with the margin of advantage they had until the end of November, so I think the Germans have been hiding. I would settle for a more balanced championship, with competition between different names.” Flavio Briatore said, as reported by Leo Turrini’s Quotidiano blog.
The former commercial director of Formula One team Benetton then expressed his doubts regarding Formula 1’s new owners, the American mass media company, Liberty Media Corporation, and their ability to improve the competition and bring the public back to the track: “I do not enthuse about Liberty, who bought Formula One but may not know what they have bought. They want to make every grand prix like a Super Bowl, but what are they talking about? How do you do a Super Bowl in the middle of the Ardennes? Or in Malaysia, between the monsoon and the snakes?” – Flavio Briatore concluded, also stating that he had been surprised by how badly Bernie Ecclestone had been treated by the executives of Liberty Media Corporation after their takeover of Formula One.