Alonso fears bad Renault return

Thu, 17 January 2008, 10:37

Fernando Alonso says the prospect of Renault not making a step forward in 2008 is a worry for him.

After a one year absence from the team, the Spaniard spearheaded a seemingly competitive return at Jerez this week, despite the R27 single seater rarely being in contention for podiums in 2007.

“My fear is having a bad year and fighting for eighth position with no motivation,” Alonso, 26, told the Spanish broadcaster Telecinco on Wednesday.

“It is important to get up and fight for podiums and good results to keep motivated and push forward,” he insisted.

Alonso won back to back titles with the French team in 2005 and 2006 and has returned to Renault this year after falling out with his employer of 2007, McLaren.

Despite his fears, Alonso said he is confident that Renault will produce a good car for 2008.

The R28 will make its track debut next week.

“I think we will have a good car, because the development of the R27 was stopped in June so the full focus can be on the new single seater,” Alonso observed.

“In all those months, I believe something good must have been done. We will find out next week, but it will be better than 2007,” he said.

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