Renault ‘inconsistent’ this winter – Alonso

Thu, 15 February 2007, 12:40

After winning the past two championships with the French squad, Fernando Alonso thinks Renault is enduring an “inconsistent” winter period.

The Spaniard has switched to McLaren on a new three year contract, and is so far looking like a credible bet to push for a third successive drivers’ title this season.

In a radio interview with Spain’s ‘Diario As’, 25-year-old Alonso agreed that Renault seems less competitive so far than his Mercedes-powered MP4-22.

“They are looking quite good but they are not as consistent as us at the moment,” he said.

“One day they are looking really strong and the next not so strong, but no matter what, they are a rival to watch out for.”

Asked which team he would like to see lift the title if he fails to do so, Alonso answered: “Renault, obviously.”

But he considers Kimi Raikkonen, his McLaren predecessor who has moved to Ferrari, to be a better driver than either Giancarlo Fisichella or rookie Heikki Kovalainen; Renault’s 2007 race lineup.

Alonso, meanwhile, denied that he is going to retire if he wins the championship this year.

“I think three is a perfect number of titles, but I also hope that my third one will not be my last. I am not going to retire because I have a contract with McLaren.”


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