Renault ‘risk revolution’ signing Alonso

Date published: June 1 2020

Fernando Alonso

Renault has been warned about re-signing Fernando Alonso for a third time as his potential arrival could spark a revolution amongst the staff.

Renault announced on Friday that they would be staying in Formula 1 for the foreseeable future despite the company making cuts worth $2 billion in the coming years which include making around 15,000 staff redundant.

And it is for that very reason that former Ferrari boss, Marco Andrea Zecchi, feels could pose a problem if they decide to splash the cash on Alonso for a third time.

“If you fire people and spend a lot of money to sign Alonso, you run the risk of provoking a revolution,” Zecchi told L’Equipe.

“The unions can ask why the company is firing workers.”

But, Zecchi thinks any potential tensions could be eased if the Renault Formula 1 team were able to present Alonso in the right light as they prepare for a major restructuring process.

He continued: “If during the management meeting, Renault presents its economic plan by insisting on the group’s desire to relaunch and promote the brand, produce electric models and the need to have a new ambassador in the person of Alonso, it may be easier for him to be accepted.”

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has publicly stated that Alonso is an option to replace the McLaren-bound Daniel Ricciardo next season.

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