Briatore drivers coy on search for new managers

Fernando Alonso reacted sharply in Singapore when asked about his search to replace the banned Flavio Briatore as his driver manager. The Spaniard, like F1 rivals including his Renault teammate Romain Grosjean, is signed to Briatore's management...

Fernando Alonso reacted sharply in Singapore when asked about his search to replace the banned Flavio Briatore as his driver manager.

The Spaniard, like F1 rivals including his Renault teammate Romain Grosjean, is signed to Briatore's management company FFBB.

"My manager up until now has been Luis Garcia (Abad) and he is going to continue to be my manager," Alonso, 27, is quoted as saying by the Spanish media.

He also revealed that he has spoken with Briatore, 59, since Monday's World Motor Sport Council, and revealed that the flamboyant Italian "is well".

Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen are also signed to FFBB, and Australian Webber said on Thursday that he would rather handle his own affairs in future than shop around to replace the trusted Briatore.

"He has been sensational for me," the Red Bull driver, already under contract for next season, insisted.

Finn Kovalainen, who drives for McLaren, is in a much more difficult situation, given his current search for a seat alongside the fact that he won't be granted a Superlicense if he is still in the FFBB stable early next year.

"I will adhere to the FIA (ruling)," he told reporters in Singapore, but clarified that he is not yet looking around for a new manager.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso , Luis Garcia , Flavio Briatore , Heikki Kovalainen
Teams McLaren