Renault CEO Luca de Meo has strongly denied rumors suggesting that he is considering a move to Ferrari for a similar high-profile role. De Meo’s comments come amidst criticism of Renault’s Formula 1 team, Alpine, by CEO Laurent Rossi regarding their progress in the 2023 season.
De Meo expressed satisfaction with Alpine’s recent achievements, highlighting the importance of their podium finish at the Monte Carlo event, particularly given its doubled significance. He emphasized that Alpine has a long-term project in place and acknowledges the demanding nature of competing with formidable teams like Ferrari, Red Bull, and Mercedes, requiring continuous effort.
The Renault CEO also defended Alpine’s driver development program, mentioning the establishment of an academy and the involvement of former MotoGP figure Davide Brivio. De Meo emphasized the team’s commitment to nurturing talented individuals and cited the example of Fernando Alonso, who had thrived during his time at Renault and continues to excel in his career.
Regarding the swirling rumors linking him to Ferrari, de Meo credited the rapid growth of Formula 1 to the exceptional work of Stefano Domenicali, another influential Italian figure. De Meo addressed the speculation by stating that while he admires Luca di Montezemolo, the former Ferrari chairman, he has never been in close proximity to Ferrari and the past rumors were unfounded.
The Renault CEO’s remarks aim to dispel any notions of his potential move to Ferrari, reaffirming his commitment to Renault and Alpine’s ongoing project in Formula 1.