Today was Renault-day with regards to new car launches, and the Anglo-French squad chose Paris to unveil their 2008 machine to the media. As mentioned earlier, the team hope to find their winning ways again, although rookie Nelson Piquet Jr is cautious to not hype his own chances too much. While Fernando spoke of being pleased to be back at Enstone, Piquet Jr is just thankful for the opportunity to prove himself and hopes for a consistent season in 2008. Here are some more quotes and photographs from Renault’s R28 launch.
I think for me it was very easy because I knew the team already and it was very easy to work with the test team and first day I was in the factory, doing the seat fitting, it was like time had not moved on. It was like the end of 2006, I am very happy and comfortable with everybody in the team, and am very happy. Fernando Alonso.
I had a great role with the team last year, got to know everybody in the factory, race and test team. It was a great year. Everything worked well, got the race drive.
As a team, having Fernando alongside me now, he has a lot of experience, we have great experience together. The team won two championships and if they did it once they can do it again. Nelson Piquet Jr.
Despite being the number two to Fernando Alonso, Piquet was upbeat about his chances to claim some podiums, but was careful not to get too excited by the moment.
If car is able to do podiums I try to do podiums, if it can win then we try to win. I try to do my best and have a good year. Melbourne still seems a long way off to me. We have a lot of work to do beforehand, and I am focused on the next test sessions and our development programme.
My aim this year is to get the maximum out of the package, and to do a good job for the team. There will be a lot to learn and I not underestimating the challenge of Formula One. Nelson Piquet Jr.