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Button Lashes Out At Briatore After Italian Media Comments

Jenson Button has lashed out at Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore after comments the flambouyant Italian made to Italian sports daily LA Gazetta Dello Sport.

“The drivers in our teams have been and are world champions, while the championship is now fought between a driver who was almost retired and another one who is a good guy but a paracarro (Italian saying for being as slow as a milepost at the side of a road),” Briatore told a reporter for the newspaper.

“I don’t know where credibility has ended up with all this. To make up the gap we have to those teams is impossible.”

Button was employed by Briatore for 2 seasons, 2001 and 2002 when Benetton changed over to Renault.

He accused the Italian of being bitter.

“Unless he is at the front of F1, I am sure [he thinks] any team [being there] hurts the credibility of F1,” Button told reporters in Shanghai.

“He also needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year, so…”

Button (L) and Briatore (Center) in happier times at Benetton in 2001.  Fisichella (R) and Webber (Far Right) also present

Button (L) and Briatore (Center) in happier times at Benetton in 2001. Fisichella (R) and Webber (Far Right) also present

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