Fernando Alonso is reportedly set to make a dramatic return to Formula 1 with Renault next year.
The two-time world champion will return to his former team in 2021, after retiring from the sport just three years earlier, according to BBC Sport.
They report that a Renault spokesman has ‘declined to comment on rumours’.
Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula 1 with Renault next year, according to reports
The two-time world champion was victorious with Renault back in 2005 and 2006
If his return is confirmed he will replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren at the end of the season.
The Spaniard, who turns 39 later this month, left F1 in 2018 and is due to make a third attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 with McLaren next month.
Alonso spent two spells at Renault earlier in his career, winning back-to-back world titles in 2005 and 2006, with a second tenure between 2008 and 2009 sandwiching a year at McLaren.
His return was mooted in May this year, when team boss Cyril Abiteboul admitted he was among considerations to lead them in the wake of Ricciardo’s departure to McLaren.
The Spaniard is given a lift after sealing his first ever world title in Sao Paulo 15 years ago
Renault need to find a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, who will join McLaren from 2021
However, he stated there would be no rush to announce the Australian’s replacement.
‘There can be many drivers, there are great drivers who are free next year. The one you have mentioned [Alonso] is an option. Although there are others’, he told Radio Montecarlo.
‘The only thing I am saying is that we are going to take time to reflect. It is an extremely important decision and we do not want to enter the dynamic of Ferrari or McLaren, who will have their reasons for doing so [announcing 2021 line-up early].
‘Honestly, deciding on a driver in a season that has not yet started … seems a bit strange to us. Choosing the driver is the last piece of the puzzle in the reconstruction, hence the importance of taking our time and doing things well.’
In addition to two world titles, Alonso has won 32 grands prix, which sees him sit sixth on the all-time list.
Alonso retired from the sport at end of the 2021 season after growing frustrated at McLaren
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