Rubens Barrichello on Friday slammed Flavio Briatore as a "bad loser".

Rubens Barrichello on Friday slammed Flavio Briatore as a "bad loser".

Some English translations of Briatore's comments to Italian reporters in Shanghai quote the Renault boss as dismissing Barrichello as a "pensioner".

His Brawn teammate and back-to-back grand prix winner Jenson Button, meanwhile, was written off as a 'paracarro', which translates to English as a sort of Italian concrete roadside bollard.

But veteran Barrichello, 36, said Briatore should concentrate on closing the gap rather than lashing out at F1's new pacesetters.

"There are some people who lower their heads and work. Others don't know how to lose and in my opinion Briatore is one of those kind (of people)," Barrichello is quoted as telling Brazilian reporters in China.

Barrichello also criticised Briatore for blaming Renault's lack of competitiveness on Brawn-style rear diffusers.

"If you take the diffuser off my car and put it on his, it will not solve their problems," he insisted. "The diffuser is a part of our car but it is not the reason."

 

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