Q&A with Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2007/8/6638.html---Renault’s 2007 driver line-up was always going to be a battle between youth and experience - and a very close battle it is turning out to be. After a difficult start to his Formula One race career, Heikki Kovalainen has been making huge strides of late and has closed to within a point of veteran team mate Giancarlo Fisichella in the championship standings. Both men look ahead to this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix…Q...Read Full Story

Renault’s Bob Bell: beating BMW our target

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2007/8/6636.html--- Renault have not had the easiest of campaigns as reigning world champions. Fourth in the standings, their immediate aim is closing the performance gap to nearest rivals, BMW Sauber. Technical director Bob Bell evaluates Renault’s season so far, as the team prepares for the final six races…Q: Bob, how would you summarise the 2007 season so far?Bob Bell: It's no surprise to hear me say that this year has been a big...Read Full Story

Renault roadshow wows Johannesburg

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6555.html --- Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella and test driver Nelson Piquet Jr took to the streets of Johannesburg on Sunday for the South African leg of the French team’s roadshow programme. The event, which took place on a custom-built temporary circuit in the city’s Sandton district, attracted over 100,000 spectators. Fisichella and Piquet took turns at the wheel of an R26, entertaining the crowds with tricks including doughnuts...Read Full Story

Renault announce $50 million technology boost

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2007/7/6552.html --- Renault have revealed a substantial programme of long-term investment at the team’s UK headquarters in Enstone. The US$50 million programme, announced on Monday, will focus on the team’s technological development and will include the building of a new Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) facility at the factory, which will provide the team with ten times its current capacity. “This programme of technology investment in...Read Full Story

Nurburgring a ‘blip’, says Renault

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40191 --- Renault’s team manager Steve Nielsen and engineering chief Pat Symonds regard the squad’s disappointing European Grand Prix weekend as a “blip” rather than a pointer for form for the rest of 2007. After making steady performance gains in recent races, Renault was surprisingly uncompetitive at the Nurburgring and lost further ground to BMW Sauber in the constructors’ championship. The team’s discomfiture was increased by...Read Full Story

Renault hopes Alonso returns

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40085 --- Renault's engineering director Pat Symonds is hopeful that Fernando Alonso will eventually return to the team after his time at McLaren. After four seasons and two world championships with Renault, Alonso left for McLaren at the end of last season. In an interview to be published in the August issue of F1 Racing magazine (on sale 24 July), Symonds was asked if Renault could or world take the Spaniard back. "Would we? Yes...Read Full Story

Renault unconcerned by Friday placings

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Linked from http://www.itv-f1.com/News_Article.aspx?PO_ID=40097 --- Renault is confident it will bring itself back in to play further up the field in time for qualifying at the Nurburgring after finishing both Friday sessions low down on the timesheets. The world champion team finished well outside the top 10 in both sessions in Germany with neither Giancarlo Fisichella nor Heikki Kovalainen rising above 15th position. And although the former says Renault still has to find some more speed...Read Full Story