Connect with us

2018 F1

Ricciardo is worth top dollar – Alain Prost

Published

on

  • 305
    Shares

Paying the big bucks for Daniel Ricciardo is an expense that Renault can fully justify.

That is the view of Alain Prost, an F1 legend who is now an ever-present special advisor for the French carmaker’s works team.

He told the Guardian newspaper he is “very happy” with his current role.

“Every time I can see something that is needed then I am there,” said the Frenchman.

Prost, a quadruple world champion who is now 63 years old, said Renault is an “interesting” challenge that is different to anything a top team like Mercedes could offer him.

“Mercedes, they’re at the top and I don’t think I would have the motivation,” he said. “Now it’s so difficult to get back to the top that I find it very interesting.”

Prost said the goal is to help Renault not just win the world championship by 2020, but to be a top team that is then “always a top team”.

But Renault is determined not to become a Mercedes or Ferrari-style spender, he insisted.

“We are not going to spend money unless we know that it is worth it. Mercedes and Ferrari may have a different philosophy.”

Snapping up Ricciardo at the end of his Red Bull contract, for example, is an important signing for Renault.

“Daniel is more expensive than other drivers,” Prost concedes. “When you need that to help the team we did it. Money is not a problem but it has to be justified.

“We have two top drivers, maybe one of the best lineups in F1 today,” he said, also referring to Nico Hulkenberg. “They are Renault drivers, not owned by Red Bull or Mercedes.

“It shows everybody outside and inside that we want to do the best, the right choices at the right moment.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F113 hours ago

Raikkonen move means ‘Sauber is now Ferrari’ – Ecclestone

305Shares  Bernie Ecclestone has applauded Kimi Raikkonen’s move to Sauber. Raikkonen, 39, surprised the F1 world by signing up with...

2018 F11 day ago

McLaren split boost Honda progress – Verstappen

305SharesMax Verstappen admits he is getting excited about 2019. Recently highly critical of Renault, the Dutchman finished second behind Ferrari’s...

2018 F11 day ago

I’m “very happy” to join Sauber F1 for 2019 – Raikkonen

305SharesKimi Raikkonen says he is “very happy” to join Sauber for 2019, even though he finally ended his winning drought...

2018 F11 day ago

F1 chequered flag rules changed for 2019

305SharesF1 has changed a long-standing rule about the iconic chequered flag. In Montreal this year, the end of the Canadian...

2018 F11 day ago

Max made brilliant P2, what a drive from P18 – Red Bull

305SharesMax Verstappen took a remarkable drive to second from 18th place on the grid at the United States Grand Prix,...

2018 F11 day ago

Magnussen facing disqualification from US Grand Prix

305SharesKevin Magnussen is facing disqualification from United States Grand Prix after it was detected that the Haas speedy exceeded the...

2018 F11 day ago

Raikkonen troll Hamilton after US Grand Prix win?

305SharesRace winner Kimi Raikkonen and second podium finisher Max Verstappen, both asked Lewis Hamilton whether he had still become the...

2018 F12 days ago

Raikkonen wins his first race in 2044 days by claiming US GP

305SharesFerrari speedy Kimi Raikkonen wins US Grand Prix. Its ends his 113-race wait for a top podium. Lewis Hamilton finish...

2018 F12 days ago

How can Lewis Hamilton win the fifth F1 title at the US Grand Prix

305Shares Mercedes speedy Lewis Hamilton took a big step near to sealing his fifth F1 world title after securing his...

2018 F12 days ago

Verstappen quiet over female-only series

305SharesMax Verstappen is keeping his mouth shut about the new female-only open wheeler category. When the ‘W Series’ concept was...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media