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Fisichella to stay at Renault in 2007 15 Jun 2006

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, 8 June 2006

Renault have announced that Giancarlo Fisichella will continue to drive for the team next year after extending his contract. It will be the Italian’s third successive season with the world champions.

"I am delighted to be staying at Renault next year, and to have the opportunity to see my hard work with the team over the past two seasons come to fruition,” said Fisichella. “I want to thank the Renault F1 Team and the Renault Group for the trust they have placed in me. This clear vision for the future means I can focus 100% on the job at hand: retaining the constructors' championship with Renault in 2006 and finishing as high as possible in the drivers' standings."

Fisichella is currently enjoying his strongest Formula One season to date. He has twice finished on the podium this season, taking victory in Malaysia, where he also started from pole position.

"We are extremely pleased to continue working with Giancarlo next year,” said Renault team boss Flavio Briatore. “He was an integral part of our championship success last year; he has upped his game significantly for 2006, making the team even stronger; we believe he can do it again for 2007.

“It is important for Renault to maintain continuity as we move into next year, and Giancarlo's integration with the team is now perfect. What's more, his experience with the team over two championship campaigns will be an invaluable asset. We will have ambitious targets for next season, and Giancarlo is capable of achieving them."

With Fernando Alonso heading to McLaren next season, the Formula One paddock now awaits confirmation of Fisichella’s 2007 Renault team mate.