Newest Sports activities Information
Date printed: July 11 2020
Alain Prost says that Renault opted to signal Fernando Alonso somewhat than Sebastian Vettel for 2021 as his motivation was clearer.
The French group introduced earlier this week that the Spaniard would exchange Daniel Ricciardo for the 2021 season and return to the group that he gained his two titles with.
Previous to the announcement, himself and Sebastian Vettel had been the 2 most talked about choices after Ferrari opted to not retain the German past this season.
Vettel just lately confirmed that he and Renault held talks. Alain Prost, the group’s advisor, has reiterated this, stating that he and Valtteri Bottas had been thought-about. Nonetheless, there have been reservations in regards to the pair’s motivations.
“There have been the three nice champions (into consideration): Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas,” Prost instructed RMC Sport.
“It was rather less apparent for Sebastian within the sense that his motivation was not very clear. It was additionally tough for Valtteri in that he has one of the best automotive.
“We needed somebody who shouldn’t be a substitute choice, however somebody who’s totally motivated for the undertaking.”
Given motivation was such a priority for Renault, it could appear unusual to many who they opted for Alonso, somebody who turned notoriously annoyed and tough to work with in his later years at McLaren.
Nonetheless, Prost says that that is one thing the pair have mentioned and claims he has no issues about it.
This can be a topic that I raised with him,” he added.
“Frankly, that is the dangerous facet, however he talks about it overtly.
“He says that he has modified lots and that his sabbatical years have matured him. In a approach, he is aware of that he has no proper to disappoint on this degree.”
By the point Alonso drives for Renault once more, he’ll be 40 and wouldn’t have pushed an F1 automotive over the course of a season for 2 years.
Due to this, there may be speak that the French group signed him purely for the cash he’ll usher in somewhat than his on-track skills.
Whereas Prost admits it was an element, he says it was the largest motive for the signing.
He added: “Making a alternative just for advertising can be a mistake, however all of the producers in F1 need to cut back prices.
“It’s regular that there’s a advertising side, however that isn’t the primary motive.”
Comply with all of the motion from the Styrian Grand Prix with the PlanetF1 live centre