Briatore ponders what might have been
20 April 2009 – Flavio Briatore was in a positive but disappointed mood after Sunday's results. Fernando Alonso qualified for the front row of the grid in China for the first time since Barcelona last year, but the Spanish driver's race was seriously comprised on lap seven as he pitted immediately before the safety car peeled off.
The Italian, who has recently hit out at the Brawn team with regards to their share of TV rights money, also appeared to be critical towards the team's second driver, Nelson Piquet. "Jesus Christ! It was a very, very bad race," Briatore continued. "I understand it if you spin once, but this was kind of a contest for 'the more you spin, the more points'. He needs a normal race, but this is just the beginning of the season - at least we have a really good car now."