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Prost: Renault to complete 2018 lineup soon

Alain Prost (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Team Special Advisor with Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director. Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Saturday 24th June 2017. Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan.
Alain Prost (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Team Special Advisor with Cyril Abiteboul (FRA) Renault Sport F1 Managing Director. Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Saturday 24th June 2017. Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan.

Sep.3 - Renault looks set to complete its 2018 driver lineup prior to Singapore in a fortnight.

It appears likely the French team will oust Jolyon Palmer, and the highest profile candidate to replace him would be former Renault champion Fernando Alonso.

However, boss Cyril Abiteboul and Alonso himself have played down claims of a Renault reunion, and now team advisor Alain Prost agrees a deal is unlikely.

"We cannot offer Fernando a winning (car) next year, which is very difficult for a driver of this calibre," he is quoted at Monza by the Times newspaper.

But Prost doubts Alonso will quit F1 if he cannot find a winning car somewhere in pitlane.

"For us it would be very good to have him, as we want to win and he would be a very strong piece of that," he told the Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

"Fernando knows that we cannot offer him a champion car in 2018 but in any case I don't see him leaving formula one at the end of the season," said Prost.

The other high-profile candidate to join Nico Hulkenberg in 2018 is Robert Kubica.

"He has done well," Prost said. "The test at Valencia was particularly surprising."

But also in the running are Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and perhaps even Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly, who is French.

"We have a few drivers that we are considering for the future. We want to set ourselves up before Singapore," added Prost.

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5 thoughts on “Prost: Renault to complete 2018 lineup soon

  1. Chris

    " ... Prost said. "The test at Valencia was particularly surprising." ... " ???

    Did Prost forget about Kubica's 140+ laps on Hungaroring ??? It was like two GP's in a few hours in the same day !!!

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  2. Mika

    Renault said that they will fight for championship in 2-3 years. If they really want made this happen they absolutely should hire Kubica. He is one of the best and most talented driver, as Fernando Alonso said about Kubica.

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  3. Malcolm Syme

    Renault does need a better & experienced driver & rather quickly. Either Perez or Alonso will be a good choice for the team.

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  4. Rob

    Prost just don't like Kubica,Kubica is like Senna -fighter, Prost totalny oposite.So no way that renault will go for Kubica, but why that show around Kubica was make by renault?

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    • Leopold Post author

      Will see, rumours say it's certain that Kubica will comeback. But maybe not with Renault, I agree that Kubica is a completely different driver then Prost was.

      Reply

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