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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 16:44 GMT 17:44 UK
Briatore urges F1 enemies to talk
Renault team boss Flavio Briatore
Briatore feels the fans will be best served if everyone in F1 starts working together
Renault team boss Flavio Briatore has urged Formula One's warring parties to get together and solve the crisis that is threatening to split the sport.

Renault are part of the group of manufacturers planning a breakaway series in 2008, but Briatore says a split is not inevitable.

"All the people involved in F1 should get together around a table like adults and start talking," Briatore said.

"F1 needs unity and a strong FIA (governing body) that supervises."

The "rebel" group wants a greater share of F1's revenues, more say in its administration and an end to what they see as the haphazard rule of FIA president Max Mosley.

But Briatore has distanced himself from calls for Mosley to stand down.

"Max Mosley has done a very good job in recent years," he said. "He is an intelligent, capable man who has good ideas.

"That doesn't mean that everything he suggests is perfect but I am in agreement with his most important points.

"The spectators are the people who matter most, and we must improve F1 to make it safer and more entertaining - to do that, we need a strong FIA president like Mosley as a regulator."

In 2008, it is possible to create a brand new F1 series that includes the teams, Bernie Ecclestone and with the FIA as a regulator, without the banks
Flavio Briatore

Three German banks own 75% of the holding company that controls the commercial arm of F1.

But Briatore believes a deal can be reached that will keep all sides of the sport together, without the need for the banks to be involved.

"The FIA has nothing to do with (the issue of money), it is (F1 impresario) Bernie Ecclestone - but he only has 25% of the shares. The rest belongs to the banks," the Renault team boss said.

"In 2008, it is possible to create a brand new F1 series that includes the teams, Bernie Ecclestone and with the FIA as a regulator, without the banks."

Ferrari are alone among the teams in signing up to the current F1 championship to 2012, five years after the contracts binding the rest of the teams to F1 expire.

But Briatore also believes the Italian outfit can be brought on board with a deal that keeps all of F1's current teams together.

"If Ferrari sees the new series working, then I am sure that will get rid of their doubts and they will join it," he said.

"For the unity and the attractiveness of the show, we need Ferrari too."




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