Oct.17 (GMM) Flavio Briatore has tipped McLaren's Lewis Hamilton to "throw the title away again".
The Renault boss recalls his astonishment of one year ago, when with a 17-point advantage with two races to go, the then rookie Hamilton ceded the championship to Kimi Raikkonen at the final hurdle.He mischievously said the feat was worthy of the "Guinness Book of Records"."Now that he has a five point-lead, he could repeat the Guinness trick. For me, Massa will win the title," Briatore said.The Italian's partisan view is no surprise, particularly with his 2007 spy battle with the McLaren team still in memory."McLaren accused us of spying, we went on for four months with this nonsense that never existed," he told Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.He also believes 23-year-old Hamilton is overrated and must finish the job if he is to be compared with the greats."You should tell him that he is a formula one driver, not a martian," said Briatore. "He is not Muhammad Ali."He is a good driver but you see good drivers also taking results home. There are good (football) forwards who always hit the post or the bar and the ball never goes in."Then there are those that score and he hasn't scored yet. Hamilton has learnt nothing. We saw that in Japan," said Briatore.