The Italian Almanac

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Italian Sport - March 30

Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella is prepared for Ferrari to unveil its new car in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. "If Ferrari has decided to go with their new car in Bahrain, it means they're convinced they can win. But we at Renault have shown we're the strongest," said Fisichella, winner of the season-opening Australian race.

Ferrari announced last week that it would rush its new F-2005 model into use after disappointing results in the first two races using a revamped version of last year's car. Ferrari's seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher failed to finish in Australia and was only seventh in Malaysia.

A Rome native, Fisichella was in the Italian capital Tuesday to present the next Renault F1 Roadshow, a promotional activity to be held in the Circus Maximus on April 10. I hope to arrive there as a winner after the race in Bahrain," said the driver known locally as "Fisico" (Body).

"I'm going to Bahrain to try and win. So will Fernando," Fisichella said. "Before Melbourne we said we were going there to win and we won. The same thing happened in Malaysia. Renault has shown it is superior. If the car is working well, it works well everywhere."