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Flavio BriatoreAs reported on

Some interesting excerpts from interview of Flavio Briatore.

On winnings so far & Ferrari and McLaren catching up:

So far, we are doing a great job at Renault: the drivers, the team, the development, everything is running smoothly with no mistakes. But we need to perform like that, because Ferrari are already right there, pushing all the way. Things are changing race to race, and it is a close battle.

On retaining Giancarlo Fisicahella:

Fisico is a race winner, a team player, a very strong all-round driver. We wanted to keep him with the team for continuity, yes, but also because he has the ability to compete at the top level. I believe he can do a very good job for us.

On possible 2007 lineup:

There are no ideal line-ups, just opportunities and possibilities to make things happen. We are working on our line-up, and talking to lots of people. When we are ready, we will announce what will happen.

On FIA, Engine homologation, cost reduction & engine supply next season:

Yes, I think it’s a realistic objective. Engine homologation will allow us to save a lot of money, and I still believe that we can do something to reduce testing away from the races, which is very expensive. I do think an efficient team can be competitive on $150 million in the new vision for F1

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Bridgestone TyresAs reported on

After a good start to the year which has seen both Schumacher brothers claim podiums for their respective teams (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and Panasonic Toyota Racing) and each of the WilliamsF1 drivers take all important points, the Bridgestone shod teams have been extremely busy over the past three weeks. All the teams, including the MF1 Racing and Super Aguri F1 teams, have been testing Bridgestone’s tyres and preparing their cars and any new upgrades ahead of this weekend’s 62-lap race.

Hiroshi Yasukawa, Director of Motorsport, said: “Bridgestone’s teams have had a solid start to the 2006 season and we are now expecting them to build on those results. We have already seen Bridgestone drivers on pole, on the podium and take the fastest lap of the race this season. This is a great start, especially with three new teams this year.”

Tyres for San Marino – 4.933km The 2006 tyre regulations permit each driver seven sets of dry tyres, four sets of wet weather tyres and three sets of extreme wet weather tyres. Combined with the increased number of teams running with Bridgestone in 2006, approximately 1,200 Bridgestone Potenza Formula One tyres have been sent from the Technical Centre in Kodaira City, Tokyo, to the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

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Renault’s new F1 president Alain Dassas has hinted strongly that the world champion team is ready to commit to Formula 1’s long-term future, so long as the costs of competing are reduced.

“But we are realistic as well: before committing to the future, every company needs not only good product – which we have – but also sensible cost control.”

“At the moment, Renault pays 60% of the team’s costs, and 40% are covered by sponsorship and television rights money,” said Dassas. “We can make savings in these direct costs while maintaining our sponsorship levels and improving the central distribution of revenue from television rights.”

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