Briatore progressing towards title

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has his sights set on progressing through the next few years to winning the title in 2006. Renault was undoubtedly improved this season from the poor Benetton of 2001 and the team finished fourth in the ...

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has his sights set on progressing through the next few years to winning the title in 2006. Renault was undoubtedly improved this season from the poor Benetton of 2001 and the team finished fourth in the Constructors' standings. Briatore believes the title is achievable in 2006 after Renault has been built up to a top three challenger.

"I bank on the following progression: to improve in 2003, in 2004 and 2005 consistently being in the top 3, then in 2006 win the World title," he told the Italy's Corriere della sera newspaper. "I joined a big organization like Renault, where properly speaking there wasn't a real team. It had to be built."

Briatore is pinning his hopes on young Spanish star Fernando Alonso, whom he manages. Alonso was Renault's official test driver in 2002 and takes the race seat vacated by Jenson Button for next year. The Spaniard is considered by many to be a future championship winner, not least Briatore, who thinks the youngster can be the next Michael Schumacher.

"He (Alonso) is my discovery and I truly hope he will be able to be Schumacher's heir," he said. Alonso's team mate, Jarno Trulli, is more experienced and already has one season with Renault behind him. However, Briatore thinks the Italian has yet to develop his potential: "I appreciate Jarno Trulli," Briatore commented. "Very much so, but he still has to show his talent."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button , Michael Schumacher , Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore
Teams Benetton