Lewis Hamilton is always 'lucky' and should have been disqualified from the results of the 2010 European Grand Prix in Valencia last weekend for his safety car transgression - that is the opinion of disgraced ex-Renault F1 managing director Flavio Briatore.

The Italian was a visitor to the paddock in Spain, meaning he witnessed first-hand the moment Hamilton illegally overtook the safety car on his way to the pit-lane for new tyres on lap ten of the race, and the subsequent punishment - or rather lack thereof, in the eyes of Ferrari - that the McLaren-Mercedes star belatedly received for his misdemeanor.

Briatore - no stranger to controversy himself, of course, following the infamous 'Singapore-gate' race-fixing scandal - agreed with the Scuderia and his former prot?g? Fernando Alonso in contending that Hamilton's drive-through penalty that ultimately cost him no ground at all was far too lenient and disproportionate, and that as such the safety car regulations need amending.

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"The rules aren't precise," he told Italy's Sky Sport 24. "You can't have a penalty for Hamilton after 20 laps; it should be [after] two or three. Passing the safety car is more like a black flag penalty. Hamilton is lucky - everything he does turns out well."

Regarding Ferrari, meanwhile, the 60-year-old was unequivocal, opining that the Prancing Horse has much work to do if it is to successfully take the fight to pace-setters McLaren-Mercedes and Red Bull Racing for the F1 2010 laurels and concluding: "What is Ferrari missing? Speed - they are not on the level of Red Bull and McLaren."