Flavio Briatore has not ruled out speculation linking him to Ferrari. Rumours circulating in the F1 paddock state that the Maranello based team are considering signing Briatore as a consultant, possibly with the view of replacing Stefano Domenicali when the ‘crashgate’ ban lifts in 2013.
Talking to Onda Cero radio, Briatore said, “I am a Ferrari tifoso, but in life you never know – anything can happen.”
Briatore has not lost touch with the sport given that he is currently Fernando Alonso’s manager.
In 2005 and 2006, Alonso won his two world championships at Renault under Briatore rule.
Briatore insisted: “I think Fernando Alonso can win the championship at Ferrari without Flavio Briatore.
“Fernando deserves to be the best driver in history. He has decided to be with Ferrari until the end of his career and I hope he can get the cars to win more titles than Schumacher,” he added.
Briatore said he rates the newly 30-year-old Spaniard higher than any of his current rivals.
“If he had that car,” he said, referring to the Red Bull RB7, “Fernando would be winning by a huge margin. He is one of the few great drivers with Senna, Prost and Schumacher.”
As for the comparison with seven time world champion Schumacher, Briatore said: “They are two totally different drivers.
“Fernando is a little better, because when Michael becomes depressed, he falls back, while in the same situation Fernando’s concentration sharpens.”