Sebastian Vettel needs to hope for a "spectacular" Ferrari next year, according to Flavio Briatore.
But Briatore, a flamboyant former F1 team boss and closely aligned to Alonso's management, says Vettel needs to hope for a highly competitive Ferrari if he expects to add a fifth drivers' title to his tally.
"With all due respect I have for him," the Italian told Rai radio, "I think Sebastian always had a very good car.
"In this first year with a car that is not perfect, Ricciardo beat him," he noted. "I hope he finds a spectacular Ferrari."
Meanwhile, the Osterreich newspaper reports that Gerhard Berger is once again being linked with a possible move to become Ferrari team boss from 2015.