Renault want ‘poor race’ from Schu

Mon, 25 September 2006, 04:55

As he did in 2004 and 2005, Michael Schumacher could have another ‘poor race’ at Shanghai this weekend, according to Renault’s Pat Symonds.

As the championship and psychological battle heats up with two points separating Schumacher from his rival with three races to go, Symonds pointed out that Fernando Alonso convincingly won the Chinese GP last October.

And referring to Schumacher’s spin and retirement in 2005, the Renault technical chief added: ”That trend could continue this year.

”Some people seem to think Renault is a spent force in this championship. That is far from the case.”

Monza, however, was a disaster for the French squad, with a rare engine failure for Alonso following his controversial stewards penalty.

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Spanish racer has not win a single race since the Canadian grand prix three months ago.

Symonds agrees that Ferrari possess the ‘momentum’ at the moment, but noted that Renault also lost the lead at one point in the constructors’ title last year.

He said: ”The attitude now is ‘OK, let’s do it again’.

”But there is plenty of pressure, and there’s no point denying it.”


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