Fernando Alonso this week insisted he does not take heart from team boss Flavio Briatore's recent claim that Renault will be in the running for the 2009 world championship.

Fernando Alonso this week insisted he does not take heart from team boss Flavio Briatore's recent claim that Renault will be in the running for the 2009 world championship.

Following two seasons out of contention for the titles, Italian Briatore believes the French squad has a "good chance" to succeed next year.

But at a team sponsor event in Spain this week, 27-year-old Alonso pointed out that the 58-year-old is always optimistic in the pre-season period.

"He said the same things two years ago with a car (R27) that was not good, and last year as well," the former double world champion said.

"So I'm not sure if what he says is good news or not.

"Flavio is someone who gives strength and encouragement to the team, but sometimes what he says, or fails to say, is a little bit irrelevant," Alonso added.

He confirmed, however, that his personal goal for the 2009 season is to add a third title to his tally.

"You can't allow yourself to start the championship without thinking you're going to win. It's a very clear objective," said Alonso.

 

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