Alonso shrugs off ‘mass damper’ ban

Thu, 24 August 2006, 08:59

Championship leader Fernando Alonso denied in Istanbul on Friday that the definitive banning of Renault’s ‘mass damper’ technology has given the advantage to title challenger Michael Schumacher.

”I do not have the slightest bit of fear,” the Spaniard was quoted as saying by ‘sid’.

Schumacher, driving for rival team Ferrari with five races to go, is ten points behind 25-year-old Alonso in the 2006 drivers’ standings.

Experts agree that Renault’s fully-integrated damper system accounted for between 0.3 to 0.5 seconds per lap at most tracks.

But Alonso insisted: ”The fact that we cannot use the dampers will have no influence. Michael Schumacher is the one under pressure, because he is behind.”

He also confirmed to reporters in the ‘Otodrom’ paddock that Renault would not be contesting Wednesday’s verdict of the International Court of Appeal.

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