The former Renault F1 boss says the relationship between Webber and Sebastian Vettel can now not continue beyond this season.
The Italian believes Vettel’s decision to pass Webber and snatch the win at Sepang against team orders means the pair won’t work as a unit again this season, putting their title hopes in jeopardy.
“I think there’s no relationship anymore,” Briatore told RAI Radio. “It was already very formal beforehand between the two Red Bull drivers, that was very clear last year.
“I don’t think this relationship can be fixed. They are two professionals, they will win races and so on, but it’s unthinkable that Mark may help Vettel in the future and I don’t think Vettel will help Mark.
“So we’ll have two enemies inside a single team, and this will (probably) advantage Ferrari.”
Briatore said Webber would leave Red Bull at the end of this season “for sure”.
He also accused Red Bull boss Christian Horner of being “weak” for refusing to sanction Vettel.
“Their car is very competitive so drivers want to stay there, but (Sepang) was proof that no one is in charge at Red Bull.
“Vettel is the boss there. You can’t have a team manager also doing the driving.”
However former F1 driver, Gerhard Berger, said that a driver has to be “extremely selfish” to win a world championship and Vettel’s behaviour was nothing new.
“If you remember back in history these things always happen,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“To be a race winner you need to be very, very talented but to be a world champion, or to be world champion three, four, five times, you need to be extremely selfish.
“These boys have such a big killing instinct. In these moments they are stressed by the situation, they just cannot follow their brain, they just do what their instincts are telling them.”
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