Lost Team

I get the impression that this year Renault is a lost team.  They lost champion Fernando Alonso and their important tire supplier Michelin.  Another big impact was the ruling against that movable thing in the nose; that mass-damper system.  The handling of the car went to hell after that was banned.  Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella says everyone is trying their best.
"This is a team that is used to winning races, and we are determined to improve the situation. It is also a team of world champions, that has shown they have what it takes to be the very best during the last two years, so I know we have the strength in depth to turn things around," he stated. "I am confident that we will get to the bottom of our problems, and emerge even stronger."I cannot predict when, that is what we are working on right now. But whatever happens, I will be giving 100 per cent on every lap and driving with maximum motivation. That will not change, whether we are fighting for points or for race wins."
Asked about the season thus far, Fisi conceded that while it has been tough - especially when he thought he might have a shot at the title - it doesn't mean he isn't trying his utmost."I have to say that I have mixed feelings. The car is clearly not performing how we had hoped, so that makes it disappointing because I came into this season believing I had my best chance yet to fight for the title," he continued."But that is a fact of life for us at the moment, so the focus at every race, and every test, has to be on getting the maximum from the car - and performing to our best possible level."
I'm not sure Heikki Kovelinen has gotten a fair chance this year to show his driving

Credit Yahoo F1 for the quote.