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Briatore: Piquet was not sacked for personal reasons

“If you look at the last month, the only positive news has been [Michael] Schumacher coming back into Formula 1. Everybody was talking about Schumacher; it was very positive, because for the first time in the last six or eight months, we have been talking about sport. In the meantime, what we should have been doing is talking more sport and more races and more results, and not like it was before in the last period of Formula 1 – but now FOTA is together, it's a reality. When we're working together, we're working together with television, with the media, with everybody to improve their event.

“Again, when somebody has a new event, you think about the Cirque du Soleil arriving in any town and performing twice, three times a day. We arrive in one place, we perform once in five days and the rest of the time we are talking about politics in the paddock. We need to be more orientated around the race, not around politics. Now I hope all the teams will join FOTA for the future of Formula 1. The relationship with CVC is great, with Bernie [Ecclestone] and Max [Mosley] as well, so I believe that at the moment we have a strong base to think about the future of our business.

“The future of any business is coming through the consumer, and our consumer is the public, the television, it's the fans. We have [only] 50 per cent of the tickets sold here because there is no energy at the moment. We need to establish energy and the appeal of Formula 1, the image of Formula 1, but I'm pretty confident because this is something which is only possible if we do it together and everybody understands that, going in the same direction. I'm very optimistic for the future of Formula 1.”



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richard

August 22, 2009 6:25 PM

yes, grosjean (big john?) drove as well as alonso today. he had no testing, jut like badoer and alguesuari, yet look at how he went! it seems to be the in thing, to knock flavio, but dont forget, he was the mastermind behind turning the team into a wdc team. i reckon he knows what he is doing, and grosjeans performance, relative to alonso, far exceeded the "experienced" piquet.



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