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08/19/09
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Alonso aims for podium finish in Spain  With Monday's appeal proving successful and Renault therefore taking part in this weekend's European Grand Prix, local hero Fernando Alonso hopes to repeat the strong form demonstrated in Hungary by clinching a podium finish in Valencia. With the team having been suspended from this weekend's Grand Prix - following an FIA punishment for the events surrounding the potentially dangerous loss of Alonso's wheel during the race at the Hungaroring - the former double World Champion can now concentrate on the job in hand with the news that Renault will be racing.

"Our performance in Hungary was encouraging as the car was quick and we managed to get pole, which was actually a bit of a surprise," the Oviedo-born driver admitted. "To retire from the race was disappointing but I'm looking on the bright side because I think that the car can be just as competitive in Valencia. Last year my race there was very short - less than a lap - so I'm really determined to make up for that this weekend and hopefully we can fight for the podium."

With Fernando having been hit by Kazuki Nakajima at only the fifth corner in 2008, the incident is a clear reason to strive for success this year although he feels the month's break between the races in Budapest and Valencia is a help to all at Renault.

"I think the break was good for everyone and the team has come back refreshed and ready to push hard for the final part of the season," he continued. "I also have a new team-mate this weekend and I'm looking forward to working with Romain (Grosjean), who I'm sure will do a good job for the team; I already have a good relationship with him and hopefully he can help us score some important points for the championship."

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