Alonso expects Renault to stay in F1

Fernando Alonso says he is not even considering the possibility of Renault leaving Formula One, as he is not expecting the French squad to follow Honda out of the sport

Alonso expects Renault to stay in F1

"I don't think so (that Renault will leave). Renault has always had a good policy in grand prix racing," Alonso was quoted as saying by AS newspaper.

"It's not a team who wastes money and I think we are in a good position to fight for the championship next year. I'm not thinking about that possibility."

Honda announced its immediate withdrawal from Formula One last week and some believe another manufacturer is likely to leave before the start of the 2009 season due to the financial crisis.

The two-time champion, who returned to action yesterday at Jerez, admitted he is expecting next year's championship to be very close thanks to the new regulations.

"Yes, the closer you are to the development limit of the car, the closer everything is," he added. "With the standard ECU and last year's tyres we already had a tight battle. There was not a clear dominant.

"Next year will be even closer. I don't know if there will be a better show, but at least I hope there is more overtaking because now you can run closer to the car in front."

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