Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn admits he would like to see Fernando Alonso re-join the team in the future as he is one of F1’s best drivers. Formula 1: Renault admit Alonso interest The French manufacturers unveiled their car and driver line-up for the 2016 season at an event in Paris on Wednesday, with Brit Jolyon Palmer and Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen set to be behind the wheel.
Renault have been keen to stress how eager they are to invest in young, talented drivers on their return to Formula 1 as an official team, with Magnussen, 23, and Palmer, 25, appearing to fit the bill. However, that did not prevent Ghosn speaking about a return to Renault for Alonso, who won the drivers’ championship twice – in 2005 and 2006 – during his previous stint with the team.
The Spaniard, who is under contract at McLaren until 2017, has indicated he could look to leave the Woking-based team at the end of this season should they fail to show any signs of progression after a terrible 2015 campaign. While Ghosn says he would like to see Alonso in Renault’s colours again, he claims the decision rests entirely with the team’s managing director Cyril Abiteboul and racing director Frederic Vasseur. Ghosn told Spanish newspaper AS: “Would I like to sign Alonso? Sure.”
He added: “Of course I would like [to sign him] but it is not my responsibility, it is the Formula 1 team who has that responsibility and I support their decisions. “During these years in Formula 1 we have made many friends, we have met many talented young drivers and Fernando is one of the most talented. He is definitely one of the best drivers of the current Formula 1.”