Fernando Alonso has stated that Renault is currently 8 tenths to a second off the pace of McLaren and Ferrari. This doesn’t bode well, if true, for the French team after recently re-acquiring the services fo the two-time champ.

Winter testing is usually a time for development for the teams and while lap times are often not conclusive of season-opening performance, Renault must be seeing something that makes them believe they are clearly off the pace. Can they find one second in 60 days? Perhaps Fisi is correct in saying that Renault’s drop off in performance last season was not just the simple fact that they lost Alonso.

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0.8s should be easy to find, doesn’t Alonso bring 0.6s in 1337-driver-skill right?

So if Alonso could split the remainder, him and Renault only need another 0.1s each.

Easy :)

profernity
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Ah, but we must remember to subtract 0.6s from McLaren after Alonso’s departure. So in fact, Renault is 0.2s AHEAD. It’s just Alonso’s way of sandbagging, as well as bragging.

Lol at the 1337-speak. Come Australia…
Alonso: “Thought we were a second behind, did ya? pwned! n00bs.”

Grace
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Grace

Spot on… The similarity between Alonso and Rossi…

swifteddie
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swifteddie

Speaking of math, did anyone see the comment by Briatore that said they have improved their chances of finishing on the podicum by 50%. What gives? Something smells fishy here..which makes me think Alonso is sand bagging.

TeamOrders
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TeamOrders

Is the Renault calculator like the Honda 8-ball? Calculator says……. 84.6% chance Nelson will be beaten by Fred at Melbourne.

f1
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f1

This is just testing. We don’t know a lot of informations (for example the quantity of fuel).
I follow the test, but I will wait for 2-3 races before take some conclusions about new cars.

Architrion
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Architrion

I’m willing to find your sayings if he finally finds that second…. ugghhhh

profernity
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profernity

Renault calculator says Alonso’s ego is predicted to inflate by 103.33(recurring)% if the second is found.

Alonso: “OK, so I’m, like, the key to setup in F1. kthnxbai”

I think 1337/online speak suits him. I’ll continue with it for as long as I can. Speaking of which, perhaps there is room in this crazy world of the Internet for “lolAlonso”?

profernity
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profernity

Renault calculator may also be used as a fortune-telling device like the Honda 8-ball, if you turn it upside down and read any words which appear; although to date this has been limited to “SHELL” and “BOOBIES”.

onthepodium
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onthepodium

ain’t nothing wrong with your competitors thinking you’re down a second is there? bit of a mental game maybe. as F1 stated, there are lots of factors that can differ during testing, so it’s hard to really be sure where each team is.

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onthepodium

ahhh, here’s part of that second fernando was talking about. thought they might have something up their sleave. let’s see.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06022008/13/renault-radical.html