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As reported on homeofsport

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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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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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Giancarlo FisichellaAs reported on autosport.com

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella believes he will be fighting for the drivers’ world title next year despite his disappointing 2006 season. The Roman was overshadowed by Renault teammate Fernando Alonso for the second year in a row, the Spaniard going on to take his second consecutive title after seven race wins.

“I’m confident to win the world championship; I will be a main player together with Raikkonen and Alonso,” Fisichella was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday. “I’m aware that for next year I have at my disposal a great car and a great team with whom I’ve already worked for two years, so I know them well.”

Best of Luck Fisi. Let’s hope you are capable of proving what you say.

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Fernando AlonsoAs reported on crash.net

Whether it was the realisation that he could be throwing away a shot at a third straight Formula One world title, or just the emotion at parting from a group of good friends for the last time, Fernando Alonso was in reflective mood as he visited Renault F1’s Enstone facility on Wednesday.

“I think there are thousands of people in Formula One teams and, of them, only one team is champion. In the last two years, you have proved you are the best. I want to thank everyone for giving me the possibility to have a winning car in my hands, and to say I did my best to earn my championships and your championships as well. We did it.” Alonso said.

“I am now moving on to another team, as you know…,” he began, pausing only to allow a chorus of jovial catcalls, “but, if I don’t have the possibility to win in the future, then I hope you win, because you are the best.”

Even we wish both [Alonso & Renault] all the best. We are looking forward towards McLaren returning to winning-ways with Alonso and looking forward to Renault for creating the same magic with Fisichella & Kovalainen.

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Where it as lead-from-start-to-finish race for Felipe Massa and cool and calm driving from Fernando Alonso, it was not the same from Michael Schumacher. What we saw of him yesterday, was Michael Schumacer at his best, driving a superior car and ready to lock his horns with any and every one.

Michael SchumacherThough our hearts sank when his left-rear tyre got punctured and had to make a unscheduled pitstop. But the drive after that, is something that most of people will remember for a long time to come. The best part was the message that Reubens Barrichello got from his Race Engineer, “Michael is behind you, race him”.

And Giancarlo Fisichella showed the kind of deep trouble Renualt is going to be in next season, after making mistake by braking too late and missing the 1st turn when Schumacher was on his tail second time.

Kimi Raikkonen, showed he can fight, even if the driver is from the team he will be joining next year. But Michael really was on fire and there was nothing that Kimi could do more to stop him. We know, if he have had even 2 more laps to go, he would have been breathing down Button’s neck.

On his part, Button had a very good race, starting from 14th in the grid to 3rd. Honda indeed managed to get together a very competitive car for him.

Fernando AlonsoBut the toasts of the day went to Massa for winning the Brazilian Grand Prix [first Brazilian since Ayrton Senna won in 1993] and to Fernando Alonso for retaining his title for consecutive years. And as he said, retaining the title when Michael Schumacher was around.

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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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Fernando AlonsoFernando Alonso couldn’t have been happier, Felipe Massa couldn’t have looked more grin grim & Giancarlo Fisichella couldn’t have looked more tired a tearful Giancarlo Fisichella who came to know that he has lost a very dear friend. That are the top 3 finishers of Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. And Michael Schumacher was left with a blown engine after leading from Alonso for almost 2/3rd of the race.

With this win, Drivers Championship is almost sealed with Alonso, all he has to do is get just 1 more point at Interlagos. And even Renault scored very important 16 points in Constructor’s Championship, leading Ferrari from 7 points.

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