Depending on what you read, Renault principal Flavio Briatore is either on the verge of signing a new contract, or retiring from the sport.
The 56-year-old Italian, whose current agreement runs out at the end of the year, ‘has said he will stay on … next year’, British broadsheet ‘The Guardian’ wrote on Wednesday.
But popular German tabloid Bild-Zeitung – running the headline ‘Briatore retiring!’ – insists that the complete opposite is true.
The newspaper wrote: ‘The world champion-maker of Schumi and Alonso is going to walk away after this season’.
Briatore was quoted as saying: ”I am not coming back to the formula one races next year.
”I have the feeling that all my goals have been achieved.”
‘Bild’ speculates that Pat Symonds will take over at the helm of the Renault team in 2007.