News On F1 - Formula 1 News, Results, Information and Statistics

Formula 1 Store
F1 Tickets, Tours, Gear
F1 Books
& Biographies

Formula 1 News - February, 2008
Renault to 'defend' in first three races - Briatore

F1 Merchandise
Main Page
Formula 1 News
2016 F1 Schedule
2016 F1 Line-up
2015 F1 Results
F1 Teams
F1 Drivers
NewsOnF1 Mobile
10 'n' Pole
Register - Submit
F1 Regulations
The Forums
Live F1 Coverage
Time & Weather
Motorsport Shop
Motorsport Calendar

F1 Merchandise UK
F1 Merchandise USA

F1 Tours
F1 Tickets
F1 Diecast
F1 Videos
F1 Games
F1 Trivia
NewsOnF1 on Twitter
NewsOnF1 Blogs
MotoGP Tickets
Past Formula 1 Seasons
2014 F1 Results
2013 F1 Results
2012 F1 Results
2011 F1 Results
2010 F1 Results
2009 F1 Results
2008 F1 Results
2007 F1 Results
2006 F1 Results
2005 F1 Results
2004 F1 Results
2003 F1 Results

2002 F1 Results

2001 F1 Results

2000 F1 Results

1999 F1 Results

1998 F1 Results

1997 F1 Results
2010 World Cup
Contact Us
Your Say
Diagnosis & Prognosis
By the Heretic
Controversy Corner
The Real Race
By the Quali-flyer
F1 Testing
8 'n' Pole
2006 World Cup

Feb.29 (GMM) Flavio Briatore thinks Fernando Alonso was being "optimistic" when he declared a 30 per cent probability of emerging with a third drivers' title in 2008.

The Renault boss, despite earlier expecting that the new R28 single seater was the French team's ticket back to the front, was even more downbeat about Alonso's chances for the upcoming Australian grand prix.

"If Fernando says that we have a 30 per cent chance of winning, then he is optimistic. I see (our chances at) about 25 per cent," Briatore told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The flamboyant 57-year-old, interviewed by the national sports daily alongside his 27-year-old fiancee Elisabetta Gregoraci, says Renault's target for the first three 'flyaway' races of the season will be looking ahead to an improved showing when back in Europe.

"We must defend our position and take some points in the first three races," he explained, "because when we go back to Europe we have some important changes that should make us move forwards."

Briatore also played down suggestions that Alonso might choose to exercise his 'out' clause at the end of 2008 if Renault do not show rapid signs of becoming a contender again.

"Is there a risk that he will leave if we are not competitive? At the moment I can not see those conditions," Briatore is quoted as saying.

He also ruled out the possibility that Alonso will face the same sort of problems with his teammate in 2008 as he did alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren last year.

"I don't think Nelsinho (Piquet) is going to commit suicide in his first year," Briatore stated.

Discuss this topic on NewsOnF1 Forums

Back to the main news page

Back To Top


Official 2009 F1 Season Review

Grand Prix Data Book
Every Record from 1950-2005

Autocourse 2009 Annual

F1 World Championship Yearbook 2006

Formula 1 Technical Analysis: 2005

The Great Encyclopedia of Formula 1: 2007 Edition

The Official Tribute To Ayrton Senna
1960 To 1994

Chariot Makers: Assembling the Perfect Formula 1 Car

The Science of
F1 Design

F1 Racing Magazine

Autosport Magazine

Formula 1 Driver Biographies

Auto Magazines

Formula 1 Books

Race Driving Books

Race Car Design Books

Ayrton Senna

Past Formula 1 Drivers