Renault confirm ‘safe’ engine for Alonso

Posted: October 17, 2006 by Neeraj in Drivers, Engines, Fernando Alonso, Flavio Briatore, Formula-One, Giancarlo Fisichella, Interlagos, RaceTracks, Renault, Team Chief, Teams

RenaultAs reported on homeofsport

Renault boss Flavio Briatore confirmed this week that Fernando Alonso’s car will not be fitted in Brazil with the team’s latest specification of V8 engine. The French squad announced on Monday that the championship leader’s teammate, Giancarlo Fisichella, is to enjoy the new ‘e-spec’ engine, which is rumored to boast a one to two-tenth per lap advantage over its predecessor.

“We are going a bit safer with Fernando,” broadcaster RTL quoted Briatore as saying. Despite the more cautious preparation, though, the 56-year-old chief insisted that Alonso and the team have been instructed to win Sunday’s race in Sao Paulo. He said: “It’s like in soccer, if you go looking for a draw then you usually lose the match.”

Well, we tried to provide them a helping hand by letting them know the name of the most “Reliable” car around in India, didn’t we ? I only hope that they don’t take it too safe in one hand [Alonso] and too attacking on the other [Giancarlo]. Racing a new spec engine at the last race of the season where the title is still in a cliff-hanger situation sound just a bit too heroic. But we are sure Renault must be having full faith in their QC department.

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  1. Ferrari too is going for a new spec of engine so the risk is balanced. Fisi should be gunning for victory in this one considering Massa is running Suzuka’s engine in the race. The engine change in China might just cost Massa the third place in the championship

  2. Neeraj says:

    @Haas, Massa had engine change i China, so he raced with the same engine in Japan, so he shud also get same the new engine. Or am I missing something ?

  3. Henrick says:

    As far as I know, you did not miss out anything. I believe Massa is also running on a new engine.

  4. Taker says:

    Renault are going to race a safe engine for Alonso and a new spec for Fisi. Ferrari meanwhile are pushing very hard with their engine which recently touched 20000 RPM in testing. Michael was more than a second faster than the second fastest driver in the Jerez tests held last week. So , I think Michael could win the race but Alonso would finish 4th or 5th and win the WDC. It would be fitting that Michael retires from the sport winning his last race.

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