Fernando Alonso has denied suggestions he should be relieved to still have a race seat on the 2009 formula one grid.

Fernando Alonso has denied suggestions he should be relieved to still have a race seat on the 2009 formula one grid.

As recently as last month, the Spaniard was being openly courted by Honda, who late last week announced they are pulling out of the sport with immediate effect.

Only at the beginning of November did the Honda speculation end, when Alonso's new two-year deal to stay with Renault was unveiled.

"The truth is I am content to be with Renault, but not because Honda has gone away.

"I must say that (going to Honda) was never too serious an option," the 27-year-old former double world champion insisted to the Spanish sports newspaper Marca.

Alonso's future may not yet be totally secured, however, if the latest whispers are to be believed.

It is understood that Flavio Briatore, Renault's F1 team boss, was this week summoned to an emergency meeting with the French carmaker's chief executive Carlos Ghosn.

The subject of their meeting is not known, but it must be pointed out that Renault has lost more than 82 per cent of its share price - more than any other manufacturer - amid the financial crisis.

 

Be part of something big