News Renault: Alonso return no sign of "lack of interest" in young drivers

10:26  11 july  2020
10:26  11 july  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Guanyu Zhou tritt als Renault-Nachwuchstalent in der Formel 2 an © Motorsport Images Guanyu Zhou competes as a talented youngster in Formula 2

With Fernando Alonso, Renault has chosen an experienced, if not comparatively old, Renault Formula 1 drivers chose Daniel Ricciardo as successor. After all, the Spaniard will be 39 years old at the end of this month. When he returns to the premier class in 2021, will be the second oldest pilot in the field .

Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul knows "that our decision to return to Fernando could be seen as a lack of interest or loyalty to our own Renault Sport Academy project". There, the manufacturer promotes young talents on their way to motorsport.

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But Abiteboul emphasizes that the decision for Alonso is not a decision against the youngsters: "I want to say very clearly that it is not. The plan of the academy when we founded it was indeed that a driver in 2021 Formula 1 could get in. And who knows? It could be the case. "

In fact, the team boss admits that the corona crisis and the resulting standstill in many racing series would have made it difficult "to assess the performance of the two elders of our academy, Guanyu Zhou and Christian Lundgaard". Both are competing in Formula 2 this year, Lundgaard is a rookie.

Like Formula 1, they started the season last weekend in Spielberg. "Zhou could have won the race and Christian was fourth in his first race without winter tests," said Abiteboul. "So we are very, very serious about the academy, very serious about these two people in particular."

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It remains to be seen whether and when they can advance to Formula 1. "I am sure that Fernando like Esteban (Ocon; R.R.) can contribute a lot to their development," says Abiteboul and receives approval from Alonso: "I will try to help them as much as possible with my experience . "

The Spaniard emphasizes that he is aware of the importance of the junior program for Renault. "I think the young, talented boys are the future. In my personal experience, all teams that have invested in a young driver's academy have ultimately been rewarded for it," says the Formula 1 returnee.

"I am aware of my role not only in the car but also outside the car, and I will try to do my best and help the team become a world championship team. If it is with me at the wheel, it would be fantastic if it will be with a future, younger driver, I will still be proud. "

Cyril Abiteboul © Motorsport Images Cyril Abiteboul

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