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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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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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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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Michael SchumacherAs reported on SportingLife.com

Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren’s F1 CEO, admits F1 will face a period of adjustment once the German has departed, he does whole heartedly believe F1 will survive in its post-Schumi era. “Inevitably, (Schumi) has a following, particularly in Germany – but on the other hand, as one door closes another opens,” he told Autosport.

“I think that with Nico (Rosberg), Lewis (Hamilton), Gary (Paffett), Heikki (Kovalainen) and (Nelson) Piquet (Jr), we’ve got an interesting rush of new blood, and I am sure those guys will be exciting to see as they develop.

Interestingly he forgot to mention Robert Kubica, the rookie who reached the podium in his third race. But then, that is not we are talking about.

We are talking about Michael Schumacher and Formula 1 next season. No doubts a lot has already been written about it and we don’t want to be repetitive. So we’ll say it once and for all.

The sports will go ahead, undoubtedly, even without Michael Schumacher, but it is going to take at least 2-3 races next season for the reality to sink-in. That’s our take on the subject, feel free to write yours.

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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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As reported on homeofsport

Nelson Piquet Jr

Nelson Piquet Jr, the GP2-driving son of Brazil’s triple world champion, has moved into pole position to replace Heikki Kovalainen in the Renault test seat of 2007. With his Finnish predecessor set to score the plum race seat, the 21-year-old [Piquet Jr] is not only linked with the third driver role, but he has already signed a contract, according to the French portal ‘Le Blog Auto’.

It is additionally reported that Sir Frank Williams, who once tested the actually German-born Piquet Junior, was also interested in signing him, while recent rumours suggested that the rookie could be eying a race seat debut for a small team.

With Kovalainen moving to drivers seat for Renault next season, I guess that very much brought end to Kimi-moving-to-Renault theory.

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Christian HornerAs reported on HomeofSport

When asked about solid speculation linking Renault engines and test driver Heikki Kovalainen with the team next year, Red Bull principal Christian Horner told Speed TV: ‘We’re not going to train up drivers for other teams.’

Without further ado, then, current Ferrari racer Felipe Massa’s name dropped into the hat. ‘He’s a talented kid,’ said Horner, ‘and another driver that depends on the whole Kimi-Michael scenario.’

More fuel for the speculation-jets ? No, this time I am not going to write “what this move could potentially mean” saga. But if you have any thoughts, go ahead and post them here.

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