Renault F1 wonder kid Fernando Alonso has sent a message to his fans pledging to do his very best this year.

Alonso, made his F1 debut last season with the Regie, after testing for them in 2002 and racing for Minardi in 2001.

In many ways, Alonso was one of the sensations of last year, the Spaniard taking his first victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix and largely outperforming experienced team-mate Jarno Trulli.

Now though with the 2004 season fast approaching, the 22-year-old has dismissed talk that he or the team might be in running for the titles.

Speaking to British newspaper, The Independent, at the launch of the new R24 yesterday, he commented: "We hope to be closer to [Michael] Schumacher and the Williams and McLaren drivers but we're not yet ready to talk about the Championship."

"I'm 22 and I have to learn," added the Spaniard, "Each year I have to improve. I feel stronger and better for this year and hope I can show that.

"Maybe people are expecting a lot because of what I did last year and I know that is true in my country. But I don't feel the pressure. All I can do is my best."

Trulli meanwhile has praised his friend and team-mate, noting: "What Fernando achieved last year was great.

"We work well together and there's a good atmosphere in the team. Our improved strategy helped me in the last races of 2003. This season I will try to turn the wheel around."

 

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