News Abiteboul: Renault does not plan any training missions with Alonso

18:55  08 july  2020
18:55  08 july  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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This Wednesday Renault made it official: Fernando Alonso returns to Formula 1 in 2021 and takes over the cockpit from Daniel Ricciardo, who will move to McLaren this season. In the run-up to this, speculation had arisen that Alonso could already be involved in one of the training sessions in 2020 .

team boss Cyril Abiteboul, however, dismisses: "I don't think he needs free practice to familiarize himself with the processes in a racing car or in a Formula 1 car. That is not the plan." But consider weighing the Spaniard again in a private test to sniff Formula 1 air.

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"We always have the option of driving it in a 2018 car," says Abiteboul, but there is no set plan. His last Grand Prix race was at the end of 2018. Since then, he has focused on racing outside of Formula 1 such as the IndyCar series, WEC and the Dakar Rally.

The Spaniard sat for the last time in a Formula 1 car in April 2019 during a test with McLaren. In the coming weeks, it will prepare for its third attempt at the Indy 500 in August, where it will start with a McLaren Chevrolet, and is expected to start work at Renault in September.

"At some point he will come to our plant to get to know the team," Abiteboul looks ahead. "I think it's a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the team and how we work some time before next year. His arrival will increase the motivation of the staff even more."

Many of the people who work at the Enstone plant today were students or were still at school when Alonso won his first title with Renault in 2005. "If they come into contact with his performance and victory culture," that can only be an advantage for the entire team, says the team boss.

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