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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 May 2006, 15:54 GMT 16:54 UK
Briatore berates 'winless' Honda
Flavio Briatore
Briatore's backers at car makers Renault are keen to cut costs
Renault boss Flavio Briatore has hit out at Honda for opposing proposals for radical Formula One rule changes.

Briatore wants spending curbed and has proposed an engine development freeze - a plan rejected by Honda, who want F1 to showcase their technical abilities.

But Briatore, whose team won the 2005 drivers' and contructors' titles, said: "Fighting for technology is a team who have not won a race in seven years.

"Zero wins, maybe a few podiums. I don't know what they're talking about."

Briatore has led calls for major changes to F1's rules, motivated in part by Renault having tighter purse strings than some of their main rivals.

The more technical it is, the less fighting on the track you are going to have

Ferrari Jean boss Todt

He claims the current spectacle offered is not enough for fans and wants to make racing more entertaining.

The Italian said: "We need to take care of the public, our customers. We need overtaking - not overtaking in the pit lane.

"We need better racing for the public. We have plenty of technology, sometimes too much - let the drivers do their jobs."

Briatore's stance is backed by Ferrari managing director Jean Todt, who said F1 exists primarily to provide a sporting, rather than a technical, challenge.

The Frenchman said: "It needs a show, people fighting on the track. Very often the more technical it is, the less fighting you are going to have.

"We have to decrease our technology. We need to see a substantial cost reduction to be able to have 12 teams in business. We need to go one step down."

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