Kovalainen in, Briatore Staying

Posted: September 6, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, Flavio Briatore, Formula-One, Heikki Kovalainen, Renault, Team Chief, Teams

As reported on SportingLife

Heikki Kovalainen will race for Renault next season under the guidance of Flavio Briatore, who has extended his deal to run the team.

Flavio Briatore

Briatoresaid: “I am delighted to continue to lead Renault’s Formula One challenge. It is now important for the Renault team to begin a fresh cycle of development from 2007, with a reinvigorated driver line-up and several major new commercial partners. This is the key to performing at the top level in the medium and long term.”

Heikki Kovalainen

Kovalainen said: “My two seasons testing for the team, as well as my time in GP2, have allowed me to build my technical knowledge and to understand what it takes to win in Formula One. I think next year is a new start for me. There will be high expectations straight away, but I will not look at it as extra pressure.

Does it put an end to all the speculations ?? I think so !!

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  1. Taker says:

    I had expected this all season and even more so after Webber signed for RedBull. After all Heikki has been testing for a long time for Renault and he has been really impressive. after all this was the guy who beat Schumi himself in the race of champions. But this puts at rest to all speculation regarding Kimi to Renault, which i always thought was a distant possibility. im almost convinced now that we are going to see Kimi in Red overalls next season. And I also believe that MS is going to announce his retirement this weekend, although i would like to see MS and Kimi in the same team for a season. Also, it seems like Renault have taken a big risk in signing a debutant and an inconsistent driver for next season. i highly doubt whether they could be a championship contender next season with Michelin also leaving F-1. I have always liked Fisi and hope he comes good atleast next season.

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