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Briatore Slams New F1 Entries

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore joined Ferrari's CEO Luca di Montezemolo in mocking the policy adopted by the FIA regarding the entry of GP2 teams into Formula One in 2010.

We are devaluing Formula One. It is not correct that teams of GP2 race with us; it brings down our image and our technology. What we cannot have is F1 with a little bit of formula two and a little bit of GP2. The small teams have to have success on the basis of their results,” argued Briatore in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

We want a formula one that is unique, with the best technology and the best teams and drivers,” added the 59-year old Italian.

The Renault manager was clearly aiming at Campos Racing, as the Spanish Formula 3 team had previously contested in the F1 feeder series a few years ago. Adrian Campos' team is also the first outfit to have submitted their application for an F1 entry in 2010. In addition, several other “small” teams have announced plans to enter F1, including Wirth Research, Epsilon Euskadi, RML or Formtech.

Briatore insisted that creating a friendlier (financial) environment for the new entries should not come at the expense of losing important F1 manufacturers. Letting everyone spend as much as they want inside the sport will not see any car maker leave, argued Briatore.

It is said that the constructors will go. But with normal regulations, I do not believe that any constructor would go. I began with a small team, Benetton, and with clear regulations we competed with McLaren and Ferrari and won (the titles) in 1994 and '95 with a budget 80 per cent smaller. We never asked for different regulations,” insisted the Italian.
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