F1 news review: Alonso looked at Renault move in March

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, McLaren-Mercedes, Melbourne, 2, 2007 | DaimlerIn the F1 news this week Fernando Alonso first approached Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March of last year after just one round of the championship.

Plus Ralf Schumacher comes clean about his claims of having an F1 seat for 2008, Kimi Raikkonen hints at his eventual retirement, and Bahrain International Circuit takes a swipe at the Spanish Grand Prix organisers.

Fernando Alonso’s Renault return discussed last March – Alonso first spoke to Flavio Briatore about returning to Renault in March last year as the 2007 F1 season was getting started.

Kimi to quit when fun stops – World champion Kimi Raikkonen promises to stop racing when he stops enjoying it. He also admitted to being ‘shy’.

Lewis Hamilton: Bahrain F1 is the best – Bahrain International Circuit are quick to use the F1 racism row to promote their race, saying: “[Hamilton] will certainly get a warmer welcome in Bahrain than he did in Spain. Spectators made abusive gestures and banners as well as shouting racist abuse at Hamilton when he moved between the McLaren motor home and the team’s garage at the Montmelo circuit.”

Ralf made up future F1 claims – Ralf Schumacher reveals he lied last year when he told journalists he had a deal for 2008. He also reacted to brother Michael Schumacher’s warning about racing in the DTM.

Damon Hill’s son to hit the tracks – Josh to follow in the footsteps of father Damon, 1996 world champion, and his father Graham, champion in 1962 and 1968.

Fuji to limit attendance for 2008 GP – But still no roof.

Brands boss rules out F1 return – Brands Hatch owner and former F1 driver and commentator Jonathan Palmer says Formula 1 will not come back to the track. The circuit is plagued by nearby residents’ complaints about the noise caused by racing which have forced him to revise his planned calendar of events for 2008.

Nelsinho’s first target is Alonso – Nelson Piquet Jnr talks openly about the deficiencies in his driving style and how he plans to work on them.

Lew took Swiss out of tax man – The Sun reports that Lewis Hamilton has moved to Switzerland to avoid paying British taxes – didn’t he admit to this months ago?

Heikki joins the exodus – Hamilton’s new team mate Heikki Kovalainen is joining him, Michael Schumacher, Alonso and Raikkonen in Switzerland.

McLaren sponsors dominate F1 exposure – Vodafone take over from Marlboro as the most visible sponsor in F1. I assume it helps there aren’t laws against putting the word ‘Vodafone’ on your car in some countries?

Keke Rosberg takes commentary role – 1982 world champion and father of Nico to attend every round.

Max Mosley still in driving seat – FIA president may stay in office beyond October 2009. See Max Mosley is an F1 blogs fan for more on this.

Formula 1 steers towards emerging markets – F1’s new owners CVC look at ways of making more money from the sport, which could be bad news for the British, French and Canadian Grands Prix.

Villeneuve out of work – 1997 champion dropped by NASCAR team.

Stepney calm after meeting Italian magistrate – Italian investigation into the 2007 spying affair gets under way.

Hamilton wins Laureus gong – Lewis Hamilton won the Breakthrough of the Year trophy but Kimi Raikkonen failed to win World Sportsman of the Year.

The 50 greatest sporting movies – “Le Mans” and “Grand Prix” are the two motor racing appearances.

Walter Totsching – The Toro Rosso logistics manager has died.

GP Week – New F1 ‘virtual magazine’ launched.