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Fernando Alonso’s racing career still in doubt



FERNANDO Alonso who announced his retirement earlier this season seems to have a change of heart, although he has claimed he “had the possibility” to return to Renault in 2019, but Cyril Abiteboul says he was not an option.
After a recent back and forth with Red Bull over their reported interest, the Spaniard has now said that he rejected Renault for next season too.
Alonso, who won two World Championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006, said the challenge on offer from them is not one that excited him.
“I had the possibility of joining Renault and going back to my two championship team having my last years with my second family there”, Alonso told Sky Sports F1.
“But it was difficult to get the challenge there, fighting for the top six or top ten, compared to the challenges l can get outside of F1.
“It’s no secret that the triple crown is attractive to me. Those are a little bit more attractive at the moment.”
But, while Abiteboul has a huge amount of respect for Alonso –  who eventually decided to retire at the end of the season – he was never an option as the two parties would not have been a good fit for each other at this stage.
“Frankly, despite the fact that I have huge respect for Fernando, who is probably one of the best drivers in the world, the answer is no,” Abiteboul told Crash.Net.
“We could feel that he is at the point in his career where he wants a car that is immediately capable of going in for wins. That’s what he’s expecting, or there is going to be more frustration. We are not in that position.
“We need to have drivers who can understand the project, who can buy into and support the project on a long-term basis. I don’t think this is what Fernando was looking for. So the short answer is no.”

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