The Spaniard said he hopes that by then the car will be ready for thorough testing, given the likely teething problems caused by the introduction of KERS, the sweeping aerodynamic rules, and other changes.

Fernando Alonso says he plans to test Renault's new single seater for 2009, the R29, in the "last week of January".

The Spaniard said he hopes that by then the car will be ready for thorough testing, given the likely teething problems caused by the introduction of KERS, the sweeping aerodynamic rules, and other changes.

"It will be important not to waste time in this period," the 27-year-old told the Spanish newspaper Sport.

"All I ask is that, from an early point, the car is reliable so that we can begin to make good progress in terms of the development," Alonso added.

He said reliability will be a key factor to success in 2009.

"It will be necessary to have a fast and consistent car that can always be on the podium, and in the decisive moments to rely on some good luck.

"We cannot forget that Massa would have been world champion if his engine had not failed on the last laps in Hungary," Alonso noted.

 

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