The second Renault seat
Giancarlo Fisichella's contract extension with Renault was fairly predictable: the team have long known that Fernando Alonso departs for a team whose motto translates as 'all that glitters is certainly NOT gold'. Whilst not the quickest gun in the corral, the personable and extremely decent Italian is well-known to the team, and, above all, well-liked within it, and is certainly the default option.
That manager Enrico Zanarini could conceivably sell a farmer with one cow two milking machines whilst taking the lonely bovine in part-payment (the farmers equivalent of palming Eddie Irvine off to Jackie Stewart for record sums) no doubt had more than a little to do with the contractual extension, but that, after all, is exactly the function of these 'ten percenters'.
The question, then, is who will assist 'Fisico' in defending what looks increasingly likely to be Renault's second consecutive title?