With such a great start to last years campaign,
The Japanese and Chinese Grand’s Prix in 2005 saw that
Fernando has signed a contract for 2007 already, but unfortunately for the French team, it isn’t on their headed paper. Instead, Alonso has gone behind his managers back (who happens to be the same Flavio who runs the Renault team) and put his name on a McLaren contract. This will be a bitter pill for Renault to swallow, and I am sure they are going to consider their future in the sport after this season is over.
I don’t think this will detract from Alonso’s commitment to the 2006 campaign, and he will continue to work hard and fight like a reigning champion. I also don’t feel that this will in anyway affect Alonso’s team mate,
Giancarlo Fisichella – team mate to the current World Champion – didn’t have such a great 2005. Being number two for the majority of the season appeared to grind the Italian down, and when bad went to worse, it seemed Fisi couldn’t lift himself out of it. For sure, Giancarlo was hit with bad luck in terms of car reliability. Often – through no fault of his own – his car would fail. This hasn’t done his morale or confidence any good, but if Giancarlo was able to regroup over the winter, there is no reason why he cannot start the season refreshed.
I have always regarded Giancarlo as one of the more exceptional drivers in Formula One. Whilst he isn’t quite Hakkinen, Raikkonen, Alonso or Schumacher material, he does head up the rest with raw natural speed. Fisichella is one of the more experienced drivers, and has spent many years running around in the midfield proving his worth in less-than-great cars. So many times he has sprung a surprise and driven the race of his life. Unfortunately, he has also made some silly mistakes and can let the bad times get on top of him.
If he can forget about the 2005 campaign and work through bad times in a similar way to his team mate, then there is no reason why he cannot support Fernando better this year, and maybe even outrace him.