Flavio Briatore, ex-boss of Fernando Alonso, believes that Alonso will recover and beat his team mate to take the 2008 world champion crown. Briatore has also rejected theories that Alonso has changed since he became a high-earning, double world champion.
“Like many drivers, he has had some difficulty adapting to a new team,” Briatore explained. “He has gone from Michelin to Bridgestone, whereas Hamilton already knows the tyres from GP2. People exaggerate everything. I do not believe that Fernando has changed and I believe that he will win the championship. He has to be calm, to focus on himself, forget everyone else, and he will win it.”
Briatore pointed out that last season, everyone thought Michael Schumacher had beaten Alonso, however Alonso bounced back and eventually won the championship.
“Everybody thought it was lost,” Briatore continued. “But we proved that it was not. So for him to do it again, he has to do what he did again – to think about his work in the car and not get distracted by outside pressures. He does not have to read the english press, nor the press of his own country. But I do not believe the British journalists are going to do him any harm – that is not the problem.”