Alonso not enough for Renault revival – Hamilton

Mon, 28 January 2008, 12:52

Lewis Hamilton has echoed predictions that Fernando Alonso’s return to Renault in 2008 will not necessarily bring the French squad back into contention for the world championship.

To the German news agency SID, the 23-year-old McLaren driver predicts that his Woking based employer and Ferrari are likely to again set the pace this year.

Hamilton shared a turbulent relationship with double world champion Alonso in 2007.

Asked to outline his main rivals for the forthcoming season, Hamilton said: “The two Ferraris, possibly the BMW-Sauber team.

“Maybe even Renault if they have a good enough car.”

He denied that he included Renault simply because Spaniard Alonso is returning to the team that – not factoring in McLaren’s exclusion for espionage – finished just fourth in the 2007 constructors’ title.

“With their previous drivers, Renault would have learned a lot last year,” Hamilton explained, referring to Giancarlo Fisichella and his own new teammate at McLaren, former Renault rookie Heikki Kovalainen.

“They are a great team that have been working hard with their new car. Whether it will be enough for them, we shall see,” Hamilton said.

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