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Briatore is not one to hide from controversy.

Flavio Briatore slams Kimi Raikkonen as Mercedes secure Constructors' Championship

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Former Renault Formula One managing director Flavio Briatore has been involved in his fair share of controversy over the last eight years.

In 2009, the Formula One's governing body, the FIA, found Briatore guilty after the part he played in a scandal said to have "unrivalled severity".

Briatore, along with former Renault head engineer Pat Symonds, attempted to rig the Singapore Grand Prix in 2008, in what will be remembered as the "Crashgate" plot.

The punishment for such a crime was an indefinite ban from the sport. Briatore's involvement in the motor sport industry was effectively over.

This was until his ban was lifted in 2013, when a settlement was achieved with the FIA.

Despite these antics, Briatore has been heavily involved in some big decisions, such as bringing a certain Michael Schumacher, helping his Benetton team win the Constructors' Championship in 1995.

It is fair to say, he knows a thing or two about success.

In Austin, Mercedes claimed the prestigious 2017 Constructors' Championship with three races still to be decided. This was despite a strong start to the season from Ferrari, who suffered a poor set of results to see them finish second.

Recently, the former QPR chairman had his say regarding Ferrari's chances of winning the 2018 championship, as both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen have signed new contracts.

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Speaking with Spanish newspaper Marca, he said: “Certainly it is very difficult to win the Constructors’ title with Raikkonen.

“To win, you must have two drivers who are competitive and then you identify who should win the Drivers’ Championship”

Clearly not a fan of Ferrari's choice, this could merely be an observation, or it could be related to the fact that his client Fernando Alonso could have signed for Ferrari, but has now had to settle for re-signing with McLaren

Are Ferrari right to stick with Raikkonen and Vettel? Is Briatore right with these latest comments?

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