The 2006 championship battle looks set to become a race of development, with Renault preparing to unveil car and engine modifications at Hockenheim and Ferrari vowing to improve right up until the last grand prix.
Ferrari’s chief designer, Aldo Costa, said at Magny Cours that ‘a lot of development’ is yet to come for the French GP-winning ‘248’ single seater.
”We will continue with our aero development and engine development up until the last race,” he told Setanta, as Michael Schumacher reduced Fernando Alonso’s title gap to seventeen points on Sunday.
”We’ll never give up.”
Renault’s Pat Symonds, meanwhile, insisted that two straight losses to the red squad does not mean that updates at Hockenheim will turn out to be futile.
The team’s engineering chief said on Sunday: ”We lost two races to Ferrari earlier in the season and bounced back strongly. That’s what we intend to do again.”