The lack of motivation for a job at Renault apparently brought Sebastian Vettel to the cockpit of the Formula 1 factory team.</p><div> <p>The lack of motivation for a job at Renault apparently brought Sebastian Vettel to the cockpit of the Formula 1 factory team. At least that's what the four-time world champion Alain Prost, adviser to the French, suggests. Renault had thought about "three big champions", Prost told RMC Sport: "Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas." In the case of Vettel, however, "the drive was not particularly clear".
“We wanted someone who was not a replacement option, but someone who was fully motivated for this project,” said Prost. Vettel himself recently admitted that there were talks with Renault, but these were never “concrete” at any time. The four-time world champion will leave Ferrari after the current season, a new team is not yet in sight.
Alonso, who turns 40 at the end of this month, will make his Formula 1 comeback for Renault next season, having won his two world titles with the French in 2005 and 2006. In 2018 he stepped down as a McLaren pilot, in his last phase at what was then a weak traditional racing stable, he looked demotivated and negative.
“I discussed this topic with him,” said Prost: “Honestly, that’s a risk, but he speaks openly about it. He says that he has changed and that the years outside of Formula 1 have matured him. He know that he doesn’t have the right to disappoint at this level. ”
Renault has been back in the premier class as a factory team since 2016, but was unable to connect to the top teams Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari as hoped.