Heikki Kovalainen has supported Renault's decision to shift their focus to the 2008 season, even if the Finn admits he is not entirely sure as to whether he will even be there to make the most of it.

Renault revealed this week that they are going to draw a line under a 2007 season in which they will conceded their championship crown, with an emphasis to be made on returning to prominence in 2008.

Indeed, Renault have struggled to match the form that has taken them to the last two world titles and are now set to finish the season in fourth position behind McLaren, Ferrari and BMW. With little to gain by developing the R27 further, Kovalainen supports the decision to concentrate on next year's model.

"I think it's a decision made by the team and it's also the right one. I think it's time to focus on next year, now we've sorted out some of the problems with this year's car and also the problems that we've had with the wind tunnel earlier this year and even at the end of last year.

"Now that all that is correlating well and we are getting the right results from the wind tunnel, I think it's time to shift the focus on 2008. But still the race team is focusing hard for this car and myself, obviously, I will drive as fast as I can until the end of the year.

However, at the same time Renault have not confirmed their driver line-up next year and Kovalainen admits he is hopeful, rather than confident, that he will be piloting a Renault in 2008.

"I certainly hope I can be with the team. I think together we can achieve a good result in the future, but like Flavio said, he hasn't made a decision yet and it will be made around Monza weekend - before or after or sometime around that time when he makes his mind up. At the moment honestly, I don't know. I hope I stay with Renault."

 

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