Posted by Vinay MenonDecember 11, 2007 at 7:39 pm
In 2008, two-time world champion cry baby Fernando Alonso is going back to Renault! Alonso has signed a 2 year, $50m per season deal to once again drive for managing director Flavio Briatore (Heidi Klum’s baby’s papa), with whom he won the Drivers Championship in 2005 and 2006.
Fernando is leaving McLaren, the team he joined in 2007 after a very turbulent season. Alonso and the team principal Ron Dennis are parting on bad terms, to put it mildly.
Alonso will also get all the requisite perks he no doubt demanded, including minimal sponsor work, an easy exit clause, and number one driver status within the team. His team-mate will be another 22 year old rookie that started racing while in diapers; Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr (Piquet Sr is a 3-Time World Champion) who was a test driver for the Renault F1 team in 2007.
This new twist to the F1 soap opera is especially interesting, as Renault was the top team when they had Fernando. They won the championship 2 years back to back. But as soon as Fernando was gone, the Renault team became crap… usually running mid-field, and having a disappointing 2007 season If Fernando’s return to Renault brings Renault back to the front of the pack, it will really show how much effect the driver can have on the car.
“We are delighted to be welcoming Fernando back home to the team where he enjoyed his greatest success. His abilities as a driver and a team leader are well known, and we look forward to forging another strong partnership. What’s more, he knows the team well and how we operate; he will feel comfortable straight away in this environment.”
Nelson Piquet Jr:
“First of all, I want to thank Flavio and Renault for putting their confidence in me for 2008,” said Piquet. “It is a fantastic opportunity to make my Formula One debut with one of the top teams on the grid, and alongside one of the very best drivers in the sport. This drive is something I have been working towards since the end of 2006, and I am proud that my performances as test driver have earned me this position. I am looking forward to teaming up with Fernando, and learning from him. As a rookie, there is no better way to start your career than to have a double world champion as your reference point.”
“I am delighted to be returning to Renault,” said Alonso. “This is the team where I grew up as a driver in Formula One. Now it is time for us to begin a new chapter together. I am very excited about working with this great team once more, and confident that together we can move back to the front of the field. Renault had a difficult year in 2007, but I know that the team has real strength in depth. I am confident they can produce a fast and competitive car and be back at the top in 2008.”