When told about Briatore's remarks, Kovalainen said in Brazil on Thursday: "I don't have any problem with Flavio.
McLaren said: "The flags were neither manufactured nor authorised by McLaren."
Sebastian Vettel now has 44 career Formula One pole positions.
Vettel quickest with team-mate Webber second in final practice at COTA.
Raikkonen could race a Sauber in Austin, according to Mika Salo: "Let's see if Kimi is in Austin." The Finn believes his fellow countryman might be behind the wheel of a Sauber!
Christian Horner: "It's like three FA Cup finals, we want to win every race."