At yesterday’s launch of the Renault F1 car that will never run, the F1 media were hungry for copy after the long winter hibernation (well 9 and a bit weeks since the last race in Abu Dhabi). Nissan- Renault Group chairman Carlos Ghosn did not disappoint.
Having revealed the team’s driver line up as being Jolyon Palmer and a returning Kevin Magnussen, Mr. Ghosn was candid when asked about the ambition of the team and their owner. “Would I like to sign Alonso? Of course”, said Ghosn. “But that is not my responsibility. That responsibility lies with the team and I support their decisions.
“I’ve made a lot of friends over the years we’ve been involved in Formula One. We’ve met plenty of talented drivers and Fernando is one of the very best in the field. He is undoubtedly one of the finest competitors on the current grid.”
Fernando Alonso had a torrid time in 2015 having signed for McLaren who were renewing a historic partnership with Honda. The Spaniard has a three year contract with the Woking team and has suggested he will retire from F1 when it ends.
Many believe Alonso has been the finest driver of this generation, yet he remains a mere two times drivers’ world champion whilst Hamilton and Vettel have overtaken him with three and four drivers’ titles respectively.