Former Renault boss Flavio Briatore believes that Vettel is likely to dominate the 2012 F1 season and is unlikely to be caught by his nearest rivals any time soon.
“Not even Webber can push him any more,” Briatore told La Politica nel Pallone radio. “I can’t wait for this championship to be over as it’s become so boring, but I don’t think it will be very different next year either,” he said.
“With the same rules, I don’t see how they (Ferrari) can make up the gap on Red Bull and McLaren – in 17 years I have never seen a team make up 6 or 7 tenths in just two months.”
Briatore also ridiculed Lewis Hamilton’s ongoing spat with Felipe Massa, likening them to the comedy duo “Laurel and Hardy”.
“They make me laugh.”
He is more impressed with Hamilton’s teammate Jenson Button, despite slamming and sacking him as a Renault driver and in 2009 describing him as a “paracarro” – an Italian word for a concrete roadside post.
“I was quite wrong about the English driver,” said Italian Briatore. “He has been the real surprise this year. He worked for us and I would never have guessed he was so good”.