Renault special advisor Alain Prost believes the French manufacturer will have “maybe one of the best line-ups in F1” from 2019. Nico Hulkenberg will race for the Enstone-based outfit next year for the third straight season and he will be joined by Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who recently penned a deal to join from Red Bull.
The 29-year-old from Perth replaces Carlos Sainz Jr and Renault, who returned to Formula One in 2016 after missing the previous four campaigns, did well to acquire his services with both Mercedes and Ferrari interested.
Prost admits more money had to be forked out to sign the Aussie ace but the four-time world champion believes the new 2019 addition has added great strength to the team.
“Daniel is more expensive than other drivers,” he told The Guardian “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. 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.”