Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has predicted that the regie could well have 'a fight on their hands' this weekend in Bahrain.

Fisichella, who won in Australia, while his team-mate, Fernando Alonso, took the victory in Malaysia two weeks ago, added that while the R25 is 'good', they should not 'underestimate' their key rivals, namely McLaren and Ferrari.

"Obviously, it was disappointing for me not to finish in Malaysia [after my incident with Mark Webber] but I am still second in the drivers' championship, we know the car is quick and that there are more developments coming," revealed the Italian.

"We saw at Sepang that the R25 was the quickest car in the field, so I am hoping that we can maintain the performance in Bahrain.

"The car is good over the timed lap, and gives us the confidence to really push to the limit to get the performance; and in the race, the balance is very consistent meaning we only need small changes during the pit-stops.

"I know the team is working hard on developments for the European season, but we are not under-estimating our competitors: we will have a fight on our hands.

"But the car has good traction, good braking and the straight-line speeds have been very competitive at the first two races. That should provide us with the car we need to aim for the podium at this race."

 

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