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Written By: Patrick HamitlonJuly 8th, 2020

Why Alonso to Renault?

t has been talked about multiple times, why does the French team need to go back to Spanish driver Fernando Alonso instead of bringing on a new young driver in the development team? To me the decision had to be clear. And here are the reasons why:

Think of the Delay for the new Era of F1 Cars…

Why bring on a new F2 driver that will have to learn a brand-new car try to gain experience, and at the end of the season, completely reset and learn the new way to drive around in a completely new vehicle. Bringing in Fernando with loads of experience just makes sense. He has driven and proven successful with F1 cars as recently as the 2018 season. Allow Alonso 1 year to relive his glory days, give rookies in the training 1 more year to mature. You get the benefit of a “win now” mentality by signing Alonso, and a chance for your new drivers to come on and start fresh with a long term opportunity for growth in the new era of 2022. It seems like the perfect win-win.

The Following…

It is clear Fernando has loyal, crazy fans. And bringing on more Renault fans can never be a bad thing for a team that has not seen a whole lot of success since its last championship with Alonso back in 2007. The more yellow in the crowd, the better from managing director Cyril Abiteboul.

For Mr. Ocon…

It is clear Alonso is the type of driver that will get every ounce of speed in any car he steps foot in. He is the type of driver that will push your shiny new penny of a driver in Esteban Ocon to the max of his talents. Putting the experience and talent of a driver like Alonso to learn from will put a lot of positive competition that is desperately needed after the soon sour departure of Daniel Riccardo.

The Coverage…

All teams compete to gain as much media coverage as possible. We saw the difference from a struggling McLaren team in 2018 vs. a much stronger team in 2019. It was clear Alonso had the name recognition to have the media leaning on every press conference he gave, and every driving performance he took. Even with a surprise podium in 2019, the same McLaren team could not find enough media coverage to keep their sponsors happy. So as the marketing director for the Renault team, you must be one happy camper.

The History…

And for my final point, Fernando was the man who put the baby blue and yellow of Renault on the map. He gave them not one but two championships. It should not be an “I owe you” reunion, but instead a large celebration of the history the driver and team share together. As you know what they say, “History is bound to repeat itself”.