I‘ve been saying for months now that if there is no desire or opportunity for Ferrari or Mercedes to sign Fernando Alonso, then if I were him, I would go to Renault given the chance. I was saying this a year ago and at the time, I was getting some odd stares but the reality is, he has a history with Renault, the team are now a works team and they have the resources to move forward.
This year they’ve proven to be the fourth quickest team behind Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull. In Alonso’s hands, that may even be better from time to time. It’s clear he’s very frustrated and accusations that he simply parks his car when he’s had enough aren’t helping. In fact, Renault are now worried that any possible deal would find him equally frustrated in a Renault.
“Things have to be compatible so that it can be a successful association, and not just because it has been a successful association in the past,” team boss Cyril Abiteboul said.
“It’s the future that we’re worried about.
“He has his dynamic, I think he has urgency to be in a position to be fighting for championships again.
“We know that it’s going to take us a bit of time to have a car that can offer that, so clearly the one thing that I would not want is to have a frustrated Fernando in a Renault car, that’s for sure.”
I can understand his point in that you wouldn’t want the kind of tangible frustration Alonso is displaying now to spill over on Renault’s brand if the team weren’t able to fight for wins. I’m wondering if it would, though. I think being able to fight on a weekly basis for points and possible podiums might be something Alonso would be encouraged by.
In the end, You can understand his frustration but then again, he’s made all of the moves in his career and ended up in this position. Still, I think it would be the better move if he wants to stay in F1.
Hat Tip: Autosport