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Mercedes vs Renault: Schumacher no extra motivation

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R enault has been fighting doggedly with Mercedes for fourth place in the constructors' championship all season. The fact that you could beat Michael Schumacher with it doesn't matter to the French. 'No, not at all,' said team boss Eric Boullier on Monday (October 4th) in an interview on the official Formula 1 website. The fact that Mercedes is one of the last manufacturers in Formula 1 adds spice to the situation.

Renault 35 points behind Mercedes

Before the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, Renault is with 133 points in fifth place. Mercedes has 168 meters. But Boullier is confident that he will be able to overtake the Brawn GP successor team in the remaining four races. 'We are close,' he said of the targeted fourth place.

The distribution of television revenues is regulated via the placements in the constructors' world championship. In 2005 and 2006 Renault had won the constructors 'title as well as in the drivers' championship through Fernando Alonso.

Petrov under pressure

Meanwhile, Boullier explained that Vitaly Petrov would be in the four races in Japan , South Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi must show that he is the driver who can be given the second cockpit in 2011. 'If he doesn't convince us, he won't drive the car.' Robert Kubica from Poland is set for the coming year.

On speculation that in addition to Kimi Räikkönen, whose application was confirmed by Boullier, Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil could also be candidates for a possible free cockpit, said Renault -Team boss: 'Now I have to choose my words very carefully.' There is currently no direct contact and the door is not open either. 'But we have indicated that under certain circumstances it could open up.'

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