Briatore mocks lavish McLaren launch

Thu, 25 January 2007, 05:03

Flavio Briatore took a dig at his fiercest formula one adversary on Wednesday as Renault launched its 2007 car with a modest event in Holland.

The revelation of the ‘R27′, which was delivered to the stage on an elevated platform suspended by wire, contrasted starkly to McLaren’s reportedly multi-million dollar affair recently in Valencia.

Briatore is traditionally outspoken about Ron Dennis’ extravagant motor home and award winning factory, and said: “I didn’t spend millions and millions on this launch.

“Unlike some other people, I prefer to invest all of our money in the car.”

Briatore, however, said he is not bitter about protege and back to back world champion Fernando Alonso’s switch to McLaren, insisting that if a Renault cannot win in 2007, “I would prefer that it is Fernando (in front)”.

“I still have a good relationship with him and we have respect for each other, but I do not believe that Fernando is going to make McLaren any more likeable,” Briatore said.


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