FIXING F1: Former Renault F1 boss Flavio Briatore shares his opinion on what should be done to improve the sport. Image: AFP / Andreas Solaro
Italy - Sebastian Vettel is struggling amid the current situation at Ferrari, according to a respected Italian journalist.
Giorgio Terruzzi said: "Frankly, despite the comeback (in Singapore), Seb is not at all convincing. I don't know why, but he seems a little lifeless."
Ferrari and Vettel started the season high in confidence, but it is the cool Finn Kimi Raikkonen who seems the least disturbed at present.
Formula 1 as a product
Flavio Briatore, the well-known former Renault chief, thinks he knows the solution.
Briatore told Italian radio Rai: "I've said it for years, that while Ferrari has always been a great manufacturer, it must have a technology antenna in England. They won when they took 12 engineers away from me at Renault, so I would put a nice building in the middle of Red Bull, McLaren and Williams."
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Briatore also talked about the Formula 1 takeover by Liberty Media, saying the deal for now is "very strange".
He said: "They have paid only $700-million, the rest of the money will be when changes are made but no one is talking about the F1 product. Among the teams there will be a showdown, everything is to be reviewed but nobody cares about an F1 that no longer attracts and has strange rules that no one understands.
"It's not a good platform when only one team wins and all the others lose. There are only three teams: now it's normal for Vettel to finish fifth from the last row.
"In my opinion, the Americans should open their wallets and try to fix the product. After that, they need to keep Bernie (Ecclestone)," Briatore concluded.