According to reports at Autosport and Sky Sports F1, former Renault driver and two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso is set to return to the team in which he won those two titles…Renault F1.
The report says an announcement is forthcoming and we discussed this as the right choice for the team before they hired Daniel Ricciardo. Of course we were castigated for saying that but it made sense to us because the team is in a rebuilding phase and could use Fernando’s understanding and skill in that area. They have a history with Fernando and it makes sense on paper.
Will it make sense on track? Time will tell and Cyril is not the same boss that was there when Fernando last darkened to doors of the F1 team HQ. The biggest question mark I have is Cyril and Fernando’s relationship. I have suggested that the team may need to shake things up at the top and Fernando might be a catalyst in doing that.
I don’t have a crystal ball but if I did, I’d suspect it would show me a change at the top if the team were not able to get Fernando a car he needs to get them back at the sharp end of the grid.
I may be wrong, he might be brought in with the task of helping create a car and team that gets back to the front and if that albatross is around his neck, it may not be too long before he loses interest if the car doesn’t deliver.
There are similarities and all-new changes at Renault since Fernando was there and this will be interesting to see how it goes. I think it’s a great move provided they can deliver a car to compete with.
Hat Tip: Autosport