We've seen with Alonso at McLaren and Villeneuve at BAR that there is only so long a star driver can carry a pig, before it starts wearing down the driver and frustrations in the team grow. Renault won't want to pay him that money for years simply hoping the car might come good. Sure there are marketing advantages but that's not enough long term.
I'm sure Daniel doesn't want to throw away the rest of his career whilst Renault don't want to simply pour money down a hole on a driver who can only do so much. 2021 is the critical point. If Renault still are nowhere then expect things to change.
I just hope DR, by that point, hasn't locked himself out of switching to a top tier drive. He's not young anymore and the new generation are coming on strong, first was Verstappen and Leclerc, next will be guys like Albon, Norris and Russell. Daniel has really rolled the dice, there is no question.
That exact situation (for varying reasons) happened to both Alonso and Villeneuve. Locked themselves out, careers cooked. But at least they'd both won World Championships already.
I'd like to see DR next to Charles, equal #1s. Best man wins. But I dont think Ferrari will play ball looking at Binottos line of thinking.
Edited by PlayboyRacer, 18 September 2019 - 04:37.