With the Brawn car of Jenson Button back again at the top of the time sheets in Shanghai today, a little brawl has broken out between the Brit and Briatore.
Profuse apologies for all those "b" words. But it is fitting. Flavio Briatore, the director of the Renault team, has expressed his outrage and dismay at the FIA ruling Wednesday that confirms the legality of the diffusers on the Brawn, Toyota and Williams cars. But it he did not stop at that. He went on to make a vicious criticism of the leader of the championship, Button:
"The drivers in our teams have been and are world champions, while the championship is now fought between a driver who was almost retired and another one who is a good guy but a paracarro (Italian saying for being as slow as a milepost at the side of a road)," said Briatore to the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper.
Button had a most revealing response, telling reporters in the paddock that Briatore had tried to hire him for his team this season:
"He also needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year," Button said after saying Briatore probably thought any team other than Renault being at the front hurt the credibility of Formula 1.