Fernando Alonso’s ex-Formula 1 boss, Flavio Briatore, has said he has regrets about the Spaniard’s career – but his first move to McLaren was just “bullsh*t”.
Alonso arrived at McLaren in 2007 on top of the world after winning back-to-back World Championship titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
But the move and the relationship quickly turned sour with his new team as a power struggle and politics took centre stage with his then rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton.
Tensions boiled all the way over with the explosion of the Spygate scandal, which resulted in McLaren being excluded from the World Championship and receiving a record fine for being in possession of confidential information regarding their rivals Ferrari.
Alonso left after just one year with his reputation damaged and headed back to a then uncompetitive Renault team.
While Briatore thinks Alonso’s first McLaren spell was “bullsh*t”, the biggest regrets came later on in Alonso’s career when he joined Ferrari.
“The only bullshit was going to McLaren,” Briatore told Italy’s Corriere dello Sport.
“The big regret is Ferrari, he lost two World Championships through no fault of his own. [In 2010] It was too hard, I had never seen Fernando cry before then.
“The history of F1 would have changed, the following year, with an incredible motivation, he would have won again and Domenicali and Montezemolo would have remained [for years to come].”
Briatore was also asked who would make his podium of all-time Formula 1 drivers. It comes as no surprise to see Alonso on one of the steps.
“I would have Senna and Schumi together, because we couldn’t really see them compete against each other…then Fernando.
“If I had a team I would take him. He’s a rottweiler and he makes very little mistakes.”