Heikki Kovalainen – Renault’s test driver of the past two seasons – has been confirmed as the team mate to Giancarlo Fisichella for the 2007 Formula One season. Although it was widely anticipated, this news finally puts an end to any possibilities of Kimi Raikkonen moving from McLaren to the current reigning champions.
Ricardo Zonta and Nelson Piquet Jnr are also confirmed as the squads testers for next year. Flavio Briatore completes the team with the announcement that he will continue as the team principal through to the end of 2008.
This news now means that Raikkonen has only two realistic choices for 2007: Ferrari or McLaren. Ferrari are likely to annouce on Sunday that they have Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa under contract for next year in a bid to allow the German World Champion some more time to decide on his future.