Jul.20 (GMM) Fernando Alonso at Hockenheim dropped a big hint that he has now decided to stay put at Renault for the 2009 season.
It has been suggested for some time that the Spaniard, under contract to the French team for next year but with escape clauses, was considering moving teams.But with Red Bull announcing its new driver lineup, and Honda likely to field an unchanged team in 2009, it appears likely that Alonso will simply stay at Renault.It is believed that, while attractive to teams as a former double world champion, other teams are reluctant to give the 26-year-old a seat for next year while it is likely he will then move on to Ferrari in 2010.To the Spanish newspaper Diario AS, Alonso said it is important Renault improves its position in the constructors' championship - currently seventh - by the end of the season."It is important for the budget next year," he said, referring to the bonus money provided by FOM on the basis of a team's finishing position."I want to be with a team next year that has a good ranking from the previous season," Alonso explained, "because you don't want to be far down the pitlane, and you know they would have less budget, less space, and they are not a top team."So the team that I am with in 2009 will be among the top teams," he added.Alonso admits that not being in the fight for this year's title is "frustrating".Referring to qualifying at Hockenheim, he said: "My teammate was out in the Q1 and I am fifth on the grid."It's a little frustrating to know that with only a slightly better car, I could be fighting for wins."