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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 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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McLaren MercedesAs reported on Sporting Life

McLaren-Mercedes have vowed to improve in 2007, with both Norbert Haug and Ron Dennis promising there are better things to come.

“This year we had five or six chances to win a race but didn’t make it,” said Haug, Mercedes’ motorsport boss. “We were not good enough to drive for the title. However, he insists that next season McLaren will target the world title, saying: “We plan to come first (in 2007).”

Well, they better, since the eyes of all the Spain will be on them next year. And they will be getting the services of a World Champion next year to drive them to possible championship if they have a reliable & complete package.

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Honda F1As reported on homeofsport

Senior Aerodynamicist Simon Lacey has left Honda’s F1 team, according to reports. Unofficial website realhondaf1.com says he is bound for the role of ‘Chief Aerodynamicist’ at McLaren. At Ron Dennis’ Woking based outfit, he replaces Peter Prodromou, who started work at Red Bull Racing this week.

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McLaren MercedesAs reported on autosport.com

Spain’s Banco Santander has announced it will sponsor the McLaren Mercedes team next season after agreeing to a five-year deal. Although the bank did not reveal any financial details, reports in the Spanish media claim the deal is worth 10 million Euro ($12.7 million) per season.

2 new Spanish sponsors within a week, so McLaren has all the money they need to bring out a winning car next season. And that’s exactly what all the fans of Alonso would be hoping for.

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