Alonso on Renault and Ferrari

Alonso FerrariFernando Alonso casted some fresh doubts over his long term commitment to Renault in an interview for Motorsport Aktuell. This is what he said when asked whether he can guarantee he will still be at the same seat next season:

“No. My decision will depend on a combination of three factors: the competitiveness of the car, the atmosphere and the financial element.”

So let’s look at these 3 factors:

a) Competitivness of the car

“The title is more a medium-term goal. It is going to be very difficult to fight with the fast ones; the objective is to fight for the podium.”

This is what Fernando Alonso said in the same interview. So, does he consider a car that fights for a podium but does not have much chance to get involved in a title fight to be competitive ?

b) The atmosphere

This one I can understand. Even myself I would not want to get in the same situation Alonso found himself in (or got himself into ? ) last year again. But when exactly atmosphere becomes unacceptable for Fernando Alonso ? When Piquet beats him ? Or when he outqualifies him ? Or when Flavio tells him off and refuses a card game in the motorhome because of a headache ? I bet the guys in Renault wish they knew …

c) The financial element.

OK, money talks… He would not be the first nor the last one to move where bigger buck is available. But as he showed this year, the quality of the car is more important for him than money. That’s why he moved to Renault and not to Toyota. So where would they be able to offer him more money and a better car ? As the things are right now only in McLaren :-) , Ferrari or perhaps BMW Sauber. I am kind of sure, that if Ferrari came calling, Alonso would not hesitate for long ( and so would not any other driver).

So what does he think about Ferrari’s current form (also for Motorsport Aktuell):

“At the moment they have the best car and that is why everyone wants to be in the places of Kimi and Massa.”

Well, who would not… Even David Coulthard admitted (despite Red Bull topping the time sheets on last day in Barcelona) that Ferrari and McLaren “have an advantage, yes, a big advantage”.

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Black ZeddNo Gravatar says:

    Even the Renault team might stop racing if they can’t have a competitive season according to Mr. Ghosn.

    Interesting season this will be!

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  2. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Mr. Ghosn may decie to pull the plug, but it would not be too soon. With all the contracts in place it must a bit complicated matter just to withdraw. The last manufacturer to withdraw was Ford, but they sold Jaguar to RedBell and Cosworth to Champ Car owners Gerald Forsythe and Kevin Kalkhoven.

  3. RichNo Gravatar says:

    i would like to see kimi and alonso side by side

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    I somehow can’t imagine Kimi and Alonso side by side in the same team. I don’t think Kimi cares who is his team mate, but I Alonso definitely does. Just look how quickly was too quick Heikki Kovalainen shipped out of Renault …

  5. BrunoNo Gravatar says:

    Alonso is just a spoiled brat in my opinion, should he be more humble he could have the world at his feet but by acting prima donna he’s just wasting his time jumping ship year after year. a Driver need constitency and he needs to find out what he really wants and who can work with him for the long term. And please someone tell him to get a freaking HAIRCUT….

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  6. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    well, the haircut … Ron Dennis told him to get one :-) now he is back in Renault and back to his Renault hairdo :-)

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