December 10, 2007

HWMNBN Gets A Drive

As long speculated, Renault announced that HWMNBN and Nelson Piquet Jr will be their drivers for the 2008 season.  This means that both Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Koveleinininnie are looking for drives, though it's likely that the young Finn will wind up teaming with Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, and Fisichella is likely headed to Farce Force India.

HWMNBN, after his scorched-earth season at McLaren, will be reunited with Flavio Briatore, whom he teamed with in his Driver's Championship seasons of 2005-06.  He'll be expected to bring the team back into the championship hunt.  For his reported three-year, seventy-million Pound contract, he'd best also make the coffee and paint the white grooves in the tires.  Piquet, son of three-time Champion Nelson Piquet, is an up-and-coming driver who was Renault's test driver last season, and finished 2nd in championship points in GP2 in 2006... finishing behind Lewis Hamilton.  Many think him as talented as Hamilton... at least potentially.

So I guess the Silly Season has really begun in earnest now, huh?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 08:59 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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Hmmm...wouldn't it be fun to watch Piquet bedevil Alonso the way Hamilton did last year. 

Heeheehee

Posted by: Mallory at December 10, 2007 10:37 PM (WJ2qy)

2 And if, next February, McLaren gets DQ'ed for espionage, then the irony meter and the injustice meter will both melt, because Hamilton won't be able to drive.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 11, 2007 01:08 AM (+rSRq)

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Yeah, I'm starting to think that HWMNBN is a spymaster extraordinare. 

2005 - 2006: Renault steals McLaren's complete plans.  HWMNBN wins Driver's championship.

2007: McLaren ends up with Ferrari plans.  HWMNBN almost wins DC.

Coincidence?

Posted by: Wonderduck at December 11, 2007 01:20 AM (dGuAN)

4 I was a huge fan of Piquet Sr. when I was a kid. He drove a car with Parmalat sponsorship (I want to say it was a Brabham). They say that Piquet Jr. was every bit as good as Hamilton in GP2... I'd love to see Alonso get to deal with that again... last season showed what comes to the surface when he's pressured (and it wasn't pretty). As a lifelong Ferrari fan, I have to say that if Alonso ends up there 2009 (he has an opt-out clause with Renault after the first season)... I'll be crushed.

Posted by: madmike at December 11, 2007 11:43 AM (o+iiH)

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