Fernando Alonso has paid tribute to former crew Renault in its celebrations of 40 years of racing in Method 1, having claimed his two world titles with the French producer.
The Spanish driver joined Renault as an F1 take a look at driver in 2002 earlier than happening to assert his two world titles in 2005 and 2006 to grow to be the motive force to halt Michael Schumacher’s domination of the game within the final decade.
Alonso, who made a short two-year return to the French producer after his controversial maiden marketing campaign with McLaren again in 2007, says he has ‘improbable’ recollections racing with Renault and feels it deserves credit score as a mainstream automotive producer to make the stride into F1.
“Six years I drove for Renault, plus one as take a look at driver,” Alonso mentioned at Silverstone. “It’s a improbable crew, improbable producer in motorsport as a result of there are numerous producers in highway automobiles that they by no means made the step into motorsport as a result of they do not have the curiosity.
“They suppose that the know-how that you simply develop in motorsport is just not fascinating for the conventional shoppers, or simply as a result of they don’t seem to be ready, not ready, not proficient to enter motorsport and problem themselves.
“Groups and producers like Renault have been in F1 and in rally and plenty of disciplines, could be very welcome for us, for racers and motorsport lovers, so congratulations to them.”
Alonso had been briefly tipped for a possible return to Renault for 2018 as his relationship with McLaren-Honda continues to dwindle, however rumours have light with the Spanish driver searching a drive to battle for world titles with Renault nonetheless unable to return to the sharp-end since returning to F1 in 2016.