Fernando Alonso was the 'negative surprise' of the French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours, Ferrari F1 test driver Marc Gené asserts, as a member of the double world champion's own team Renault questions his commitment. Ferrari test driver Marc Gené has revealed that the Scuderia had 'expected much more' from Fernando Alonso during the French Grand Prix last weekend - as a member of the Spaniard's own team has suggested he is perhaps not giving 100 per cent. Alonso qualified a brilliant third at Magny-Cours, Renault's home race, but following a poor start produced indifferent form throughout the grand prix itself, with only the eighth-fastest lap time to his name. Worse still, a late error when the 26-year-old ran wide at the Adelaide hairpin enabled under-fire team-mate Nelsinho Piquet to nip by and steal seventh place, relegating Alonso to a lowly eighth spot at the chequered flag. Countryman Gené - a test driver for Ferrari - wrote in his column for Spanish newspaper El Mundo that the former double world champion's Sunday showing had been the 'negative surprise' of the race around the Circuit de Nevers, where Alonso had triumphed back in 2005 en route to the first of his two, back-to-back world championship crowns with the Régie. The 19-time grand prix winner has on a number of occasions been linked with a move to Maranello in 2009. "We expected much more from him," Gené reflected. "Even at Ferrari we thought he was going to be our competitor." Alonso himself reasoned that Renault cannot expect to finish up on the podium in its current situation, with the Enstone-based outfit having notched up a paltry twelve points from the opening eight grands prix of the present campaign, fewer than half of the 28 it had tallied at the same stage last year. "On Saturday and before the race we were optimistic," the man from Oviedo mused afterwards, talking to Telecinco, "but we need to be realistic. "We are really only fighting in the middle of the grid; if you are slow and you can't get into a rhythm, your strategy doesn't matter." Meanwhile, there have been suggestions within Renault that perhaps the team's number one driver is not as fully committed to the cause as he might be, with mutual disenchantment rumoured to be setting in on both sides. German newspaper FAZ quotes one engineer as saying: "Fernando thinks only about Fernando. [In Canada] he wasn't even at the after-race briefing." Those claims, however, received short shrift from the French concern's executive director of engineering Pat Symonds, who urged: "The bottom line is that we are the best choice for him. If he would drive with us out of this crisis, he would be a hero." ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hmmmmm what a shock. Now he's unhappy in a mid-field team. Geee who didn't see this coming? I bet Renault feels great about their $46 million investment.