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Formula 1: Briatore Broadside Writes Off Flawed Ferrari for 2011

Flavio Briatore is not a man renowned for his deep introspection and making carefully considered and moderate statements. Like the company with whom he made fame and fortune—Benetton—he is bold, brash and can occasionally get on people’s nerves, but above all, he's almost impossible not to notice.

It won’t come as a surprise to anyone, therefore, that Briatore has looked at the 2011 Formula 1 season and already—after only three races—declared that Ferrari should give up any hope of winning and concentrate on developing their car for 2012.

He bases this bold assertion on the fact that at 1.5 seconds per lap behind the leading Red Bull car, it is too big a gap to make up. Of course, if the gap...

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