There was no respect in McLaren’s announcement. It was not pleasant at all. There should be more respect in Formula One. Ron Dennis has not won the world title for seven years so now he wants to manufacture good news.
So said Flavio Briatore. Then there is another, from the big mouth of Hans-Joachim Stuck, former F1 driver:
Ron Dennis would sell his grandmother if he could. He does not know the meaning of words such as honour, or conscience.
What a load of bull shit.
Every F1 team boss is constantly trying to lure great drivers into their teams. There are rumours going around that Ferrari is chasing Raikkonen for 2-3 years. Toyota tried the same. There were rumours that Ron Dennis repeatedly contacted M. Schumacher. It goes all the time, sometimes it works, sometimes not.
But what really pissed me off here is that I remember that back in the early 90’s there was a team boss just entering F1, who had great public image - agile, rock&roll, make-it-fun attitude. It was Eddie Jordan, last of the great run of private F1 owners. And at that time he had a contract with young promising driver called Michael Schumacher. The contract was solid, but not solid enough. Using certain legal loopholes, the team boss of then financially very strong Benetton team, managed to snatch M.S. from Eddie’s hands, at the start of the season.
That team boss was Flavio Briatore. The same dumb-ass that now shit-speaks to whoever wants to listen about Alonso-McLaren deal. But unlike the M.S. case back then, Alonso had no contract with Renault beyond 2006 and was free to do anything (read: be snatched by best deal-maker).