Renault is aiming to keep a firm hold on Fernando Alonso and hopes to agree a new contract with the Spanish star in the not too distant future. Alonso currently leads the drivers' championship after taking two victories in the first three races...
Renault is aiming to keep a firm hold on Fernando Alonso and hopes to agree a new contract with the Spanish star in the not too distant future.
Alonso currently leads the drivers' championship after taking two victories in the first three races and Renault is keen to secure his services for the future before any rivals get too interested.
"The negotiations with Renault for a contract extension have already started," team managing director Flavio Briatore told Motorsport Aktuell, in regard to a new deal with Alonso. "If all sides are in agreement, it would be great to be able to announce the new contract at the Monaco Grand Prix."
Ferrari is speculated to have an eye on Alonso but Briatore claimed Fernando would not move to the Maranello squad while Michael Schumacher is driving for the team. He said there are other teams interested in Alonso but as long as Renault is performing he thinks the Spaniard will stay.
"Ferrari aren't the only team that would like to have Fernando," Briatore commented. "For Renault there is an easy way to secure the services of Alonso -- one only has to provide him with the most competitive car."
Many believe that Alonso will be world champion one day -- perhaps even this year -- and so far this season he has driven impeccably. "I can't see any weaknesses with him," said Briatore. "He knows his own limits and those of his car and never exceeds them."
Renault will commence a three-day test at Paul Ricard in France tomorrow but Alonso won't be back at work until the next race at Imola. His teammate Giancarlo Fischella will be on duty, along with test driver Franck Montagny.