Flavio Briatore has acknowledged he would welcome reigning double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso back to Renault with open arms, whilst taking a sideswipe at McLaren boss Ron Dennis' management techniques.

Speaking to Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Briatore said it would be "pointless to deny" the fact Renault were keen to re-unite with the man who brought them two drivers' world crowns back in 2005 and 2006, adding that had Dennis nurtured his relationship with the Spaniard better the current situation of discontent may never have arisen.

"I have told Fernando that as soon as he is free from McLaren, we would love to have him back again," the Italian said. "There were tensions when he was at Renault too, but we always overcame them by being very honest with him.

"If before signing the contract (McLaren) had said to Fernando 'come with us but you won't have any kind of advantage', he wouldn't have gone there. If you take on a world champion, you must provide him with number one status.

"Dennis has often repeated how he is very good at managing drivers, particularly Latin ones. Given the problems he has had with Senna, Montoya and now Alonso, it would seem he has lost his instruction manual. Maybe he didn't study Latin at school..."

Briatore also moved to pour cold water on rumours linking Alonso to Ferrari, either in 2008 or, more likely, 2009, insisting the move would make little sense and in a way would be like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

"Would it be positive to put Alonso and Raikkonen alongside each other?" the 57-year-old asked. "The time is gone when you could have two strong drivers in a team together. Today the roles need to be clearly defined as number one and number two, otherwise you risk destabilising the team."

As to who will occupy the two seats available at the R?gie next year, he was giving nothing away, but admitted a proposal had been made that would see Heikki Kovalainen move to Toyota in place of the departing Ralf Schumacher (See separate story - Click here). He was positive about the performance of Giancarlo Fisichella - hitherto widely-tipped to be leaving Renault at the end of the campaign - but had perhaps less encouraging news for test-driver Nelson Piquet Jnr.

"Giancarlo allowed us to win the constructors' championship for two years," Briatore asserted. "He has a lot of experience which can be very useful for us or someone else, but it's true that every now and again he makes mistakes that a driver who has been in F1 for so many years shouldn't be making any more. Apart from that he's done a super job."

"With Nelson it's a bit like with (Roberto) Moreno," he added. "We promised him a drive, but we didn't specify in what kind of car!"

 

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