Abiteboul: Renault ‘not ready’ to sign Alonso

Renault would not be ready to meet McLaren’s Fernando Alonso’s needs in 2018, so signing him would not be viable, says Director Cyril Abiteboul.

Following his problems with McLaren, Alonso is seeking to be signed by a top team for 2018, and is due to make his decision in September.

Although since re-joining Formula 1 in 2016 Renault have been steadily improving, Abiteboul believes that they are not yet fast enough for Alonso, which would make the Spaniard frustrated.

“Things have to be compatible so that it can be a successful association, and not just because it has been a successful association in the past,” Abiteboul said to Autosport.

It’s the future that we’re worried about.

“He has his dynamic, I think he has urgency to be in a position to be fighting for Championships again.

“We know that it’s going to take us a bit of time to have a car that can offer that, so clearly the one thing that I would not want is to have a frustrated Fernando in a Renault car, that’s for sure.

As part of F1’s ‘silly season’, multiple drivers have been linked with the seat at Renault currently occupied by Jolyon Palmer, including Sergio Perez, Robert Kubica, Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon.

Abiteboul has stated that to come to a decision about Kubica’s future at Renault, more testing would be necessary, but this poses a challenge due to the sport’s testing limits in a season.

“If we had no restrictions from the regulations there is a lot that we could do, by organising more testing, but it’s exactly the same for a number of young drivers to try to make it into F1,” Abiteboul added.

There is a restriction in place, and it’s not going to change for Robert.

“So we will have to see if the timing of what we have to do with him can work with the timing of the rest of the paddock, which is moving.

“There have been a number of announcements, and I’m sure there will be more announcements to come in the next two or three weeks, and we have to be part of that train.”


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