Alonso urges Renault to not give up on 2009 car

Fernando Alonso does not believe Renault should abandon development of the 2009 car in the hope of getting a head-start in next season's championship. Despite technical director Bob Bell believing the R29 moved closer to the ultimate pace two ...

Fernando Alonso does not believe Renault should abandon development of the 2009 car in the hope of getting a head-start in next season's championship.

Despite technical director Bob Bell believing the R29 moved closer to the ultimate pace two weeks ago in Spain, team boss Flavio Briatore said this week that he expects Brawn to cruise to the titles.

Most analysts agree that a leading factor in Brawn's incredible leap in performance this year was the early decision to scrap the 2008 car and focus on the BGP001.

Alonso, 27, was asked by the Spanish press this week if he thinks Renault should now do a similar thing, given that Briatore believes the 2009 titles are lost.

"That is a decision of the team, but personally I am in favour of working until the last moments (of the season) and trying to improve," the Spaniard, who is linked with a move to Ferrari in the future, answered.

"Looking back to Renault's experience of 2007, the project was stopped very early in June in order to have a guarantee of success with the new (2008) car, and it didn't work out," added Alonso.

He said: "Next year will come and there is enough time (to prepare)."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Flavio Briatore
Teams Ferrari