As the new CEO of Renault Group, Luca De Meo commented on the new agreement with Alpine, the new name for the Enstone based Renault works team, and assures that Fernando Alonso is more motivated than ever for Formula 1.
Renault’s project continues to take shape. The French group has indeed revealed in the last few days that the team will be named Alpine F1 Team next season and will be very much in the spotlight in 2021.
And for good reason, Alpine will field a French driver, Esteban Ocon, alongside Formula 1 legend Fernando Alonso, who will make his comeback in the Formula 1 championship two years after his departure from McLaren.
As far as De Meo is concerned, the Spaniard’s ambition will be to win a third world title at the wheel of the team which enabled him to win his first two titles in 2005 and 2006. Renault CEO Luca De Meo is delighted with Fernando Alonso’s motivation.
“Fernando is a brand in itself. I have spoken with him and he is galvanized by the Alpine project. I am too, especially since I came back to Renault where I started my career. It’s a very important change because Renault came to Formula 1 43 years ago,” he adds.
“And even though it’s a glorious name, it will be even better with Alpine. We were among the architects of the new Concorde Agreements and we think that with the new rules, there are great sporting and economic opportunities,” the boss still believes.
“When I came back to Renault, I rediscovered the Alpine brand and it seemed nostalgic: the charm of the past is a good thing, but we also have to build the future,”
No doubt De Meo is feeling nostalgic about Alonso’s 2 Championship wins with the team back in 2005 and 2006. Sadly, his rather strong message regarding Alonso commitment to securing further titles might be misplaced.
During the Indy 500 this summer, Alonso was on record saying that his F1 return wasn’t “unfinished business”, but rather a project of ‘enjoyment’.
Not sure Luca De Meo got that memo.