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Webber sees little reason for Alonso to make Renault return

  • Published on 20 Jun 2020 09:35
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  • By: Coilin Higgins

Former F1 driver Mark Webber has said he sees no point for Fernando Alonso to make a return to F1 with Renault given the Spanish driver's hopes to join a race-winning team.

Since the team announced that Daniel Ricciardo would depart for McLaren for 2021, Alonso has been linked to a return to the team he won two world titles with in 2005 and 2006.

Speaking to the F1 Nation podcast, Webber explained that Alonso may struggle should he return to F1 with the team and that he will not want to return to a team competing in the midfield.

"We know Fernando is extraordinary, had an insane career," Webber said. “He’s not at his peak anymore, it will be harder for him to do what he did in the past.

“A Fernando at 9 out of 10 is clearly still good for someone to have. But Alonso is a serial winner and [being stuck in the] mid-pack is what he left F1 for.

"He was determined to say that ‘if I can’t fight the podiums then I don’t want to be in Formula 1’ - that was the last message we had. I don’t see an opportunity for podiums for him in terms of a team that can do that for him."

Webber questions Alonso's possible loyalty to Renault deal

Webber also raised the question of how long Alonso would stay committed to a contract with the team if it cannot perform to what he expects.

A possible return to the French team would be Alonso's third stint with Renault, as he rejoined the team in 2008 after spending only one year alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren.

"He’s a racer, he’s missing it a lot, but what’s the focus?" Webber commented.

"Is he going to be loyal to a new regime and sign a two- or three-year contract? Is it just for one [year], and four months in and then the team is looking for someone else? So, what’s the point?

"I’m not saying he couldn’t, but it would be very, very challenging for him to stay motivated for two years, in the middle of the field."

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  • I'm inclined to agree. And Renault have other things they need to spend money on.

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    • Jun 20 2020 - 10:00
    • I think it might not make sense for Renault to hire him, but Fernando has nothing to lose here. It would also be a major boost for the show. Spain would definitely be watching with Sainz at Ferrari and Alonso back at Renault. I hope it happens. I'm all for having as many stars as possible on the grid so long as they are top talent. If anyone wants the old drivers to make room for young talent look at Kimi for that

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      • Jun 21 2020 - 04:00
    • It is a sane thing to spend money on the car than its pilot. But, you re under estimating the insanity of Renault.

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      • Jun 21 2020 - 05:06
    • He kinda do though. He can lose more years in an, at best, midtier car, out of reach for wins when he could be chasing the titles of other series.

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      • Jun 21 2020 - 10:55
  • He's box office and from a marketing perspective, I would imagine he could bring sponsors on board. Id like to see him back.

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    • Jun 21 2020 - 12:38
  • MarkZ

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    I don't know much about his career but honestly make room for an up and comer. The future. That's where we should go

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    • Jun 21 2020 - 19:37
    • Alonso is one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. Last time he was in F1 he was as spectacular as ever. I get what you're saying, but who exactly is this young talent that should instead come in? Zhou? Lundgaard?

      I'm all for allowing young talent to shine, but unless they're really spectacular there is no reason to have an 18 year old in F1. We've seen plenty of youngsters get burned early: Alguersuari, Kvyat, Stroll, Tuero.

      It's not good for F1 or for young drivers to get promoted too soon.

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      • Jun 22 2020 - 17:25

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