Belatti wrote:The thing is, maybe, Renault invested too many years in Kovalainen, like McLaren did with Hamilton. He was part of Renault drivers development program. I imagine Renault dont want to let Kovalainen go that easily, maybe with a contract that says something like: "if Kovalainen is quick as Hamilton, McLaren should sent him back to Renault for 2009" Who knows?
If I where in McLaren i would consider Sutil, too, at least for a couple of tests to see if he is quick enough. This year he did well in that orange trolley, apart from that he is German, doesnt Mercedes want that?
Heikki Kovalainen wrote:The next eight months are very important for my career. Wherever I go or whether I stay, I want to compete and put in the hard work with that team to win the championship.
Equal status with my team-mate is also important. I don't want to turn up in Australia if I know I can't win or fight for the championship.
Nelson Piquet Sr. wrote:It’s time for Nelsinho to show how good he is. He has to walk (into F1) thinking that whoever’s on the other side of the [Renault] pits will be outpaced. There’s no way around it, you’re either that good or not.
If Nelsinho races at Renault with Fernando and is able to beat him in their first qualifying session together, it would be a good start, a way to start demoralizing (Alonso).
Dietrich Mateschitz wrote:If there is speculation in the Italian media that Alonso is about to sign for Red Bull, I can only say - I know nothing about that.
From what I hear, Alonso is speaking to other teams about a one-year only deal. Such a deal is out of question for us. We would prefer to wait a year and prove that we can build a car which is capable of attracting one of the best Grand Prix drivers for 2009.
Mark Webber wrote:It's never been done before and probably won't be done for a long, long time. It was impressive.
He arrived at the top and you see a lot of drivers come in and waste those opportunities but Lewis didn't and he delivered for McLaren. His consistency was a bigger surprise.
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Christijan Albers' manager Chuck Norris has recently told media Christijan is making a bid for the vacant McLaren seat.
"I feel I'm just as fast as Hamilton, and I have more experience!" said Albers.
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Yuji Ide has also made a bid for the McLaren seat! Upon being told he had had his Super Licence revoked his manager Bill Gates said "Screw the rules, we have money!"
I completely agree with you on that, but also because that would allow Alonso and Piquet Jr. to partner up at Renault (possibly).joseff wrote:I'm all for Heikki. The guy deserves a faster car, and he should be able to keep Lewis honest.
But Piquet Jr. hasn´t been with Renault for a decade as Hamilton was with McLaren. Alonso would have the most ¨advantage¨at Renault, since he has been there for many many years and has a great relationship with the entire team.Sawtooth-spike wrote:So Alonso would have another rookie team mate. Humm have we been here befor?
Interview with Ron Dennis, by "El Tiempo" from Bogotá, 29/November/2007: Edmer Tovar wrote:
Who's gonna replace Fernando Alonso in 2008?
We haven't defined yet. We're not in a hurry. It could be Pedro de la Rosa. We have many options but I don't want to give names. The only think I know is we do not have to rush. We're working with Hamilton. Once we define his team partner's name, we'll also start to work with him.
What do you think about last drivers quitting McLaren with troubles?
I don't see we have had problems beyond normal. Actually, the only relationship that had a bad end was with Fernando Alonso. We would like for things not to end that way. However, there is nothing we can do now and we're thinking on 2008.
Do you think pilots are persons hard to manage?
I believe that Formula One driver's temperament is complicated because they're winners. Everyone who feel himself a winner, when he can't he react in a strong way. However, you cannot win at any cost. It's OK if his only goal is to win and they're contracted for that, but you have to know how to handle impulses and hard situations.
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