Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections

Search:



The Web

India Abroad




Newsletters
Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article
Home > Sports > Formula One > Reuters > Report


F1 champions Renault target early race wins

January 04, 2006 19:02 IST

Formula One champions Renault plan two months of intensive testing in a bid to repeat their winning start to the 2005 season.

Renault new V8-powered R26 car will run next Tuesday for the first time at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain with Italian Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel.

The Renault website said two cars would run "from the team's second test of the winter to achieve maximum mileage with the car and drivers ahead of the opening race".

The season starts in Bahrain on March 12, with McLaren seen as Renault's main rivals.

The French manufacturer swept the first four races of 2005, paving the way to their constructors' title and Fernando Alonso becoming the youngest world champion at 24.

"Those early races really set the scene for the year," engineering head Pat Symonds told the Renault F1 website on Wednesday.

"Each race may be worth 10 points in absolute terms, but that ignores the human component. The first win buoys the whole team, and confidence grows from there.

"The maths may say the early races have the same importance as any other, but in terms of the team's self-esteem, I would say they are worth half as much again."

The new engine, with the old V10 consigned to history by rule changes, was first fired up in the complete car before the Christmas break in a static test of the oil, water and electronics systems.

© Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.
Formula One: The Complete Coverage

Share your comments


Advertisement






Copyright 2006 Rediff.com India Limited. All Rights Reserved.