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Renault F1 Team confirms its 2009 driver line-up


By Renault F1
November 5 2008

The ING Renault F1 Team is pleased to announce that it will field an unchanged line-up next season with Fernando Alonso signing a two year extension for 2009 and 2010, and Nelson Piquet confirmed for a further season.

“We are happy to confirm both Fernando and Nelson for next season,” commented Managing Director, Flavio Briatore. “This gives the ING Renault F1 Team one of the most exciting driver pairings with the perfect blend of youth and experience. Fernando’s commitment for the next two seasons confirms the faith he has in the team and we are delighted to continue working with him. He has been a big asset throughout this difficult season and his leadership and talent, matched with the team’s hard work and determination, have paid off with our recent performances, which have placed the ING Renault F1 Team back among the top competitors of Formula 1.”

Fernando Alonso commented: “I have decided to stay with the ING Renault F1 team because, as I have often repeated this season, they have always been my first choice and I feel very happy and comfortable with them. It’s a very close-knit team with a competitive and winning mentality, and also a relaxed and warm attitude, which suits me perfectly.”

“After a difficult start to the season, we have overcome our difficulties and constantly improved our performances,” continued Fernando. “My back-to-back wins in Singapore and Japan, and my recent second place podium finish in Brazil, have proved how competitive we can be. In the past we have won championships together, as well as going through tough moments, but we are now determined to show that we can repeat that success together in the coming seasons.” 

Nelson Piquet added: “Obviously I am delighted to have the opportunity to race for the ING Renault F1 Team for a second year. Although I have had a tough year, I have learned a lot from my rookie season and I will aim to put that experience to good use next season. I want to thank the team for their support this year and for the trust they have shown in me for the future. I’m already excited about 2009 and looking forward to working with the team over the winter so that we can start next season strongly.”

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05/11/2008 14:14
Renault F1 Team confirms its 2009 driver line-up

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manuStudio
05/11/2008 14:43
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As for the team's third driver, we'll have to be patient. You'll know more at the official launch of the R29 at the end of January...


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FormulaFan
05/11/2008 15:33
Keeping Piquet is a big joke.

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barteks
05/11/2008 15:46
Strange decision. I hoped di Grassi will get the seat...

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Kristien
05/11/2008 18:14
cant believe it! thought alonso would stay but nelson too was not even in my thinking. he has to improve

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manuStudio
05/11/2008 19:11
I also been quite disapointed with Nelson.
But Nelson has learnt a lot this year. But the good thing about a team is continueity. I alway would support the decisions the team makes. Lets hope its a good one.

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Johan Hasselberg
05/11/2008 23:10
Renault have a clear number one driver and that is a good thing. Other teams could learn of the decisions.

Johan

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nightwolf2k5
06/11/2008 20:41
well.. its one thing having a clear number one.. but.. we need a driver who can help renault get the constructors title if we are in a position to be that competitive..
I dont see that in Piquet.. hope he proves me wrong..

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spyda
21/12/2008 16:58
Can't understand why Piquet got the seat, Iwas thinking that Di Grassi would get it, Surely he would come closer to helping us win the constructors title, I don't think Piquet has it in him yet, hope I am not wrong ?

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Kristien
21/12/2008 20:47
if he shows the same form in the first couple of races as last year he might get replaced this time around

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