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GP Week : Issue 36
> F1NEWS> Renault retains Alonso/Piquet THE ING Renault F1 Team will maintain its 2008 driver line-up for the 2009 season, the team announced last week. The news draws to an end months of speculation over the intended whereabouts of Fernando Alonso in 2009, and indeed 2010, as Renault announced it had extended his contract by a further two seasons. “I have decided to stay with the ING Renault F1 team because, as I have often repeated this season, they have always been my first choice and I feel very happy and comfortable with them,”Alonso confirmed. “It’s a very close- knit team with a competitive and winning mentality, and also a relaxed and warm attitude, which suits me perfectly.” “After a difficult start to the season, we have overcome our difficulties and constantly improved our performances. My back-to-back wins in Singapore and Japan, and my recent second place podium finish in Brazil, have proved how competitive we can be. In the past we have won championships together, as well as going through tough moments, but we are now determined to show that we can repeat that success together in the coming seasons.” Racing alongside the Spaniard will be Nelson Piquet. Although roundly slated by the press in 2008, Piquet managed to rise above the pressure to put in some excellent drives in his rookie season. “Obviously I am delighted to have the opportunity to race for the ING Renault F1 Team for a second year,”Piquet said. “Although I have had a tough year, I have learned a lot from my rookie season and I will aim to put that experience to good use next season.” Sato’s second STR test TAKUMA Sato will take part in his second test for Scuderia Toro Rosso team at the forthcoming F1 test in Barcelona. The Japanese driver, who so impressed STR on his rain-affected half-day test with the team at Jerez earlier in the season, will take to the Circuit de Catalunya on November 17 and 18 as the team weighs up its driver options for 2009. It is understood that Red Bull junior driver Sebastien Buemi will also be testing for the team in Barcelona, with some sources suggesting that he will take Sato’s car for the afternoon of the 18th and full day on the 19th, thus giving both drivers a day and a half in the car. Toro Rosso has two empty seats for 2009 and with Renault this week announcing its line-up for 2009 will not be short on offers from potential suitors. 2008 Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Bourdais is still in with a shout of retaining his drive, although paddock rumour has suggested that he will need to bring a substantial sum of backing to the table in order to do so. Sato’s attractiveness to the team comes not only in his lengthy Formula 1 CV and experience in turning Super Aguri from a minnow into a competitive outfit, but in his commercial clout in Japan, a market in which Toro Rosso parent company Red Bull is desperate to find a foothold.