Alonso and Piquet Confirmed At Renault
Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet Jr. have been confirmed as the Renault F1 Team driver pairing for the 2009 season.
Alonso, a double world champion with the team, had been linked with other teams such as Ferrari and Honda, but decided to stay with Renault. This impressed team boss Flavio Briatore, who offered the Spaniard a “blank cheque” to retain him.
Briatore was delighted with the line-up tonight.
“This gives the ING Renault F1 Team one of the most exciting driver pairings with the perfect blend of youth and experience,” he said.
“Fernando’s commitment for the next two seasons confirms the faith he has in the team and we are delighted to continue working with him.
“He has been a big asset throughout this difficult season and his leadership and talent, matched with the team’s hard work and determination, have paid off with our recent performances, which have placed the ING Renault F1 Team back among the top competitors of Formula 1.”
Alonso has signed a 2 year deal, ruling him out of moving to Ferrari in 2010.
“My back-to-back wins in Singapore and Japan, and my recent second place podium finish in Brazil, have proved how competitive we can be.” Alonso said this evening.
“In the past we have won championships together, as well as going through tough moments, but we are now determined to show that we can repeat that success together in the coming seasons.”
“I have decided to stay with the ING Renault F1 team because, as I have often repeated this season, they have always been my first choice and I feel very happy and comfortable with them,” he added
“It’s a very close-knit team with a competitive and winning mentality, and also a relaxed and warm attitude, which suits me perfectly.”