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Briatore labels Schumacher comeback a 'mistake'

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September 22, 2010 « US Grand Prix organisers in the dock | »
Flavio Briatore: 'I think that he already knew that it was a mistake at the first serious test' © Sutton Images
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Flavio Briatore, the disgraced former Renault boss, has said that Michael Schumacher's return to Formula One was "a mistake".

Speaking to the official F1 website, Briatore, who was Benetton's managing director when Schumacher won the first two of his seven world titles, said: "I stick to what I said. I think when he signed the contract he honestly believed that it was the right decision. The same way I think that he already knew that it was a mistake at the first serious test.

"Then he awoke to the fact of how alarmingly fast these youngsters are today. At 41, you simply cannot keep up with [Nico] Rosberg and all the other guys."

Asked again about his own future, Briatore said: "I want to have fun with what I'm doing - that is my motivation and not the need for a job. At the moment I wouldn't have fun in Formula One. At the moment I am happy with what I am doing … being a dad, husband, and taking care of my investments."

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