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As reported on homeofsport

Renault

Renault’s F1 president Alain Dassas has admitted that winning a third successive world championship in 2007 is going to be “difficult”. Dassas said: “It is a fact that we are going to miss Fernando because he contributed a lot to help Renault to win these two titles (in 2005 and 2006).”

“We will have to see how the championship develops,” Dassas continued. “Both drivers are very good – they are not Alonso, but they are great drivers. “The biggest uncertainty is Kovalainen,” he said, “He knows what it feels like to win but he is still very young.”

“I am not involved in politics,” he answered, “but I do believe it will be difficult to win the title with Giancarlo.”

Someone’s having reality check and we truly appreciate it ! Also that it is stark in contrast with what Fisichella said earlier.

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As reported on F1Racing.net

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari chiefs have warned Kimi Raikkonen that he must not get up to too much mischief off the track next year. Raikkonen was the subject of much tabloid rumour for his hard-party antics in the past year.

The French Figaro newspaper reported Ferrari boss Jean Todt as saying that if Raikkonen wants to keep on partying as much he’ll have to be more discreet, as he’ll be more in the public spotlight than ever before, driving for Ferrari. Todt did go on to say that he thinks Raikkonen will be up to the challenge of replacing Michael Schumacher.

WOW! Being too foresighted aren’t we ? But then that’s the legacy of Michael and it won’t be easy to shrug-it-off. We think it would be a bit unfair to expect Kimi to behave like Michael, and completely unnatural for him.

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As reported on homeofsport

Giancarlo Fisichella

The Roman, who is staying at Renault for a third consecutive year, also warned Alonso to not be surprised if he struggles to add to his tally of fifteen wins next year.”Everything depends on McLaren, of course,” Fisichella told the Turin-based newspaper La Stampa. He added: “They did not have the best car in 2006 and it is not easy to recover from a bad season.”

“He [Heikki Kovalainen] talks a lot and is quite an extrovert,” Giancarlo said, “which is completely unlike the other Finns we have known in Formula One.” Fisichella said Kovalainen is also “straightforward”, with a “good attitude”.

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Mark WebberAs reported on F1Racing.net

“I’m really looking forward to the new season, no question about it. The new car is coming out in the middle of January. Hopefully we won’t have to hold too much back at all, we can get into it and show what the car can really do here in the first race in Melbourne,” Mark Webber said. “I’m looking forward to it when we hit the ground running in January.”

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Fernando AlonsoAs reported on homeofsport

“They [McLaren Mercedes] have not won the title in recent years so I want to help McLaren to find the way back to victory,” the newspaper ‘As Diario’ quoted Alonso as saying. He said he would give Woking based McLaren ‘advice’ about ‘the techniques we used at Renault’.

And to think that Renault won’t have thought about it ?? And not just Renault, with so many drivers changing teams, this would undoubtedly be something every team would have thought about and sorted out.

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Kimi RaikkonenAs reported on autosport.com

“My toughest rival won’t be Fernando, but my teammate Felipe Massa,” Kimi Raikkonen told Bild magazine in an interview. “From now on, I’ll see McLaren-Mercedes only in my rear-view mirrors.”

“There are many reasons why in five years I only won nine times,” he added. “Certainly I made a few mistakes too many, but the car was often not consistent enough, simply. I had opted for Ferrari a long time ago, and I’m convinced with this team I will become world champion. That’s my objective, even though it’s hard to say whether I’ll manage that immediately.”

Already basking in the Scarlet color and talking their language ?? Although we also have our own ‘concerns’ regarding Alonso’s decision to move to McLaren given their performance this year, but we are hoping that they can turn around this pretty quickly and we’ll have another interesting season next year.

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Jarno TruliAs reported on Reuters

“Whoever drives for them will have a big advantage,” the Italian told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper on Tuesday. “I don’t think the departure of Schumacher or (technical director Ross) Brawn will change much. Even (Felipe) Massa can win with the current Ferrari.”

“We [Toyota] suffered from the switch from Michelin tyres to Bridgestone,” said Trulli, who signed a new three-year contract this season. “And then there were reliability problems. I believe in Toyota’s potential but we need to quicken our step.”

As far as Ferrari goes, that is what everyone is hoping and looking forward to. We also know that Toyota has the potential, but given their current form, they really need something extraordinary to come in top three positions.

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