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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thursday press conference

Alonso dampens Barcelona expectations
Alonso, Raikkonen weigh in on “damaging” driver lineups

Fernando Alonso warned his fans not to expect to see him on the podium this weekend.

The Spaniard said it would take strange circumstances to make the podium a possibility, despite team hopes that aero updates will move it forward.

As always, any talk about Renault’s struggles lead to question’s about Alonso’s future, and the press conference was no different. When asked about Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo’s comment that a Kimi/Fernando tandem would be damaging to the team, Alonso was evasive.

“No. I have nothing to say. People talk about me, normally very often, which is good,” said Alonso. "It seems I am quite famous here. Part of that I respect everybody."

Kimi Raikkonen, asked for his take, obviously felt discretion was the better part of valor...

"It's better that I don't say anything," he replied.

Still no word on Super Aguri

Super Aguri’s participation at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix is still in doubt.

The team has arrived at the Circuit de Catalunya, but while team principal Aguri Suzuki confirmed that discussions were ongoing, he couldn’t say any more due to legal concerns.

Super Aguri's presence in Barcelona would seem to imply the team can afford to run this weekend. Of course, Arrows showed up in France in 2002, only to have Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Enrique Bernoldi purposely fail to qualify, closing the book on the team. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six

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