Feb.4 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday did not hide that enticing Fernando Alonso back to the new works Renault team is an objective.

“Would I like to sign Alonso? For sure,” he told the Spanish sports daily AS at the Paris launch of the new project.

In 2005 and 2006, Alonso won back-to-back titles for Renault but in more recent years has had up and down fortunes and no further championships as he switched between Ferrari and McLaren.

Now, the 34-year-old is helping to build up the works McLaren-Honda collaboration, but he finished last season a woeful seventeenth overall.

Ghosn continued: “Of course I would like to (sign Alonso) but it is not my responsibility. It is the team that has the responsibility and I support their decisions.

“During our years in formula one I have made many friends, we have met many talented drivers and Fernando is one of the best — he is definitely one of the best drivers in formula one today,” he added.

Following his titles, Alonso returned to Renault in 2008 and 2009, but the budgets and results were lower and the carmaker ultimately sold Enstone to Lotus.

“When we left F1, other major brands such as Honda and Toyota had as well, because the crisis hit all of us,” said Ghosn.

“We now believe it is time to take advantage of our experience and recover the history of our brand in F1. Our commitment is very firm and our priority.”

It is not known for how many years current Renault drivers Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen have signed up for.

“I don’t know if I can talk about the number of years,” Magnussen told the Danish broadcaster TV3.

“I’m glad to have a contract and I’m here this year, and then the future is open.”


Feb.4 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Carlos Ghosn on Wednesday did not hide that enticing Fernando Alonso back to the new works Renault team is an objective.

“Would I like to sign Alonso? For sure,” he told the Spanish sports daily AS at the Paris launch of the new project.

In 2005 and 2006, Alonso won back-to-back titles for Renault but in more recent years has had up and down fortunes and no further championships as he switched between Ferrari and McLaren.

Now, the 34-year-old is helping to build up the works McLaren-Honda collaboration, but he finished last season a woeful seventeenth overall.

Ghosn continued: “Of course I would like to (sign Alonso) but it is not my responsibility. It is the team that has the responsibility and I support their decisions.

“During our years in formula one I have made many friends, we have met many talented drivers and Fernando is one of the best — he is definitely one of the best drivers in formula one today,” he added.

Following his titles, Alonso returned to Renault in 2008 and 2009, but the budgets and results were lower and the carmaker ultimately sold Enstone to Lotus.

“When we left F1, other major brands such as Honda and Toyota had as well, because the crisis hit all of us,” said Ghosn.

“We now believe it is time to take advantage of our experience and recover the history of our brand in F1. Our commitment is very firm and our priority.”

It is not known for how many years current Renault drivers Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen have signed up for.

“I don’t know if I can talk about the number of years,” Magnussen told the Danish broadcaster TV3.

“I’m glad to have a contract and I’m here this year, and then the future is open.”

  • D.Duck

    It is not known for how many years current Renault drivers Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen have signed up for.

    “I don’t know if I can talk about the number of years,” Magnussen told the Danish broadcaster TV3.

    “I’m glad to have a contract and I’m here this year, and then the future is open.” unquote…………………. Er, I think in K-Mags situation he is saying he has a definite 1 year contract with a team option clause if they want to keep him for next year!! (Phuk me guys I am no Sherlock Holmes but even I could work this little conundrum out!!! #:). I would assume J-Palm is on the same “performance related” deal as well, but thats only a guess since I found my detective skills. #:))

  • D.Duck

    ……..sorry….my last comment was completely forgetting the headline article. I can totally see Fernando dumping McIdiots at the end of 2016 if Renoo look competitive this year and properly take the fight to Mercchumps and the Skiddyrear. Lewi Shamilton and whatsisname,the germn1 have made so many errors and get away with it becoz of dominant cars……..if in 2017 all cars are equal Alonso will DOMINATE THE OTHERS! No doubt about that! l&p