Sep.28 (GMM) Even victory in Singapore has shed no further light on Fernando Alonso's plans for the 2009 season.
The former double world champion, who on Sunday broke a year-long drought with an unexpected win, has recently been making noises about staying put at the French team next year.But despite sharing the podium with 27-year-old Alonso under the Singapore floodlights, his team boss Flavio Briatore insists the future is still not clear."Well, it's not a victory that changes a situation," the Italian said. "We have a good relationship with Fernando, we are talking together, and we will be happy with his decision."That is all that I can say for the moment," Briatore added.After the race, Alonso denied that he is now beginning to prepare for Renault's 2009 campaign."No, I didn't say that," he insisted. "It's not changing the decision for next year. As I've always said, Renault will be my first priority because I feel I'm at home in this team."Alonso was delighted with the win but acutely aware that luck was his passenger on Sunday."Without the safety car maybe I was finishing in the same position (as qualifying), 15th or 14th," he said.He said the Japanese grand prix in two weeks will be the real test of Renault's recent progress."We will find out very quickly in Fuji, because we cannot forget that this is a very special track," Alonso said in Singapore."We are definitely one of the teams who have most improved their car, but maybe it was not difficult because at the beginning of the season we were not at the right level."