Double world champion signs two-year deal with Renault
5 November 2008

Double F1 champion Fernando Alonso appears to have written off any chance of joining Ferrari in the near future by signing a fresh two-year deal with his current team, Renault.

The Spaniard has been rumoured to be planning a switch to Ferrari in 2010, and he was courted by Honda for the 2009 season, but Renault’s strong run of form at the end of this season (from which Alonso netted two race wins) is said to have persuaded him that the French manufacturer is a safe bet.

"I have decided to stay with the ING Renault F1 team because, as I have often repeated this season, they have always been my first choice and I feel very happy and comfortable with them," Alonso said. "It's a very close-knit team with a competitive and winning mentality, and also a relaxed and warm attitude, which suits me perfectly."

Renault has also given Alonso’s team-mate, Nelson Piquet, another chance after a disappointing debut season for the young Brazilian; he has been given a 12-month extension on his contract.

John McIlroy

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5 November 2008

There's a lot to be said for a consistant driver line up in a team, just look at the Schumacher years at Ferrari.

It is clear that Alonso and Renault work well together, so it is a sensible move for the Spaniard and the Renault team.

As much as he has sullied his reputation over the recent years, he is still an outstanding driver and deserves to challenge for more championship titles.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

5 November 2008

He'll great next year. Hopefully Mclaren will give Lewis a good car to take the fight up to him and the ferrari duo. bmw might be a dark horse too. lets see how it goes. new cars, new rules, new year

5 November 2008

If only Alonso was with Ferrari, the Hamiliton-Alonso rivalry would be even more intense, maybe next year Renault will be back at the sharp end, they were definitely 3rd best in the last 4-5 races, hopefully BMW and Renault can close the gap and make it a 4-way battle, Alonso deserves to have a car to fight for the title.

5 November 2008

Definitely the right decision for Alonso. The Renault team seem to be working their way back to the top of the F1 tree. Also, he didn't like it at McLaren last season, when he found his team mate to be a little too competitive - there is no way Kimi Raikkonen or Felipe Massa would play number two to him!

6 November 2008

I think the more interesting news is that they have resigned Nelson, good news for Alonso as he wont have a team mate even close to matching him! out qualified 18-0 this year! Come on renult i knwo Alonso wants a pet and not some one who can challenge him, but Nelson is hopeless!

6 November 2008

I wouldn't be surprised if in Piquet's contract is a performance clause, so that he could be replaced if he doesn't deliver in qualifying or race results.

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