So you are passionate about Alonso, Ciro.
Well, we knew this before and it is perfectly valid to take your point of view. On the other hand I fail to see your points scoring good as they usually do when you argue about numbers.
You believe that Renault can be called a top team? In my view they are not and not very likely to make it into that elite circle in the next year. A top team is one that drivers think may be fighting for championships next year or that is in the fight in the running season. In my view McMerc and Ferrari certainly fit that bill. It takes some speculation to believe BMW's self declared target to be in that elite club next year. I happen to believe that they can do it. They have thrown a lot of resources at next years car to the detriment of their performance in the last races as you remarked.
I have not heared that Renault even aim to be in the championship fight next year, but that may be due to the fact that I don't read much about them in the news. They have certainly done their politicking well enough to receive a nice horse power gift from the FiA. But will that be enough to be competitive next year? And will drivers believe that they will be competitive? Some questionmarks remain when you compare for instance their published development progress on KERS. They rely on Magneti Marelli to get it right and have no chance to get a test on track in the next two months while BMW and Merc have already track tested some of their equipment.
So by common standards (constructor points and known development progress) I would see the likelyhood of Renault beating BMW next year as dubious. They also don't seem to attract a ton of future champions to their ranks. While many people think that Kubica is championship material Piquet would get a good laugh if he would claim that now.
Based on that bit of analysis let us now go back to the question of Alonso's attractiveness for top teams. He will never again drive for McLaren, that much is clear as long as the company is owned by Mr. Dennis and they have Hamilton. As the Italian duke said so logically why should a team with a top class driver employ Alonso? It would be detrimental as we have seen in 2007. Equally Ferrari seem to have come to the view that they can manage two drivers of the caliber of Kimi and Massa. Both have shown they can lead a champ fight and equally drive shot gun for the other guy without putting the company through the grinder of the world press or a WMSC trial for intellectual property theft.
Renault was very quick to release Kovalainen to McLaren last year and sign Piquet. Many people see the influence of Alonso behind this. Piquet suits his needs. This year they keep the line up as their lead driver decided to stay put. For me that decision of Alonso is prudent. If there isn't a position in a proven top team you better see to it that your own team makes some progress and don't damage yourself by speculative changes. Michael Schumacher is a good example of how a top class driver can push a mediocre team to get on a higher level. Ferrari 1995 were in a sorry kind of condition. Three years later they were fighting for championships. Alonso could do the same for Renault. 2009 will be year two of that exercise. I just don't think that they will arrive that quickly. It also fits with the perception that Alonso is prepared to desert them any minute Montezemolo waves a white flag or a cheque. So hopefully both Renault and Alonso will get their head down for some hard work and give us good racing to talk about for a change. For that to happen Alonso needs to show some loyalty and team spirit. And most important he should fix the image of a driver who just happens to drive for his team temporarily until something better comes along.