Two-times world champion Fernando Alonso is ready for a Formula One
comeback, according to his long-time adviser and former Renault team
boss Flavio Briatore.
The 38-year-old Spaniard left F1 at the end of 2018 but is seen as a
possible replacement for Australian star Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving
to McLaren in 2021.
“Fernando is motivated. A year away from Formula One has done him
good. He has detoxed himself and I see him calmer and ready to return,”
Briatore, who left Renault in 2009 after a race-fixing scandal, told
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport.
Renault are expected to take their time before making any driver
announcement, with the 2020 season yet to start due to COVID-19.
Four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel is also available after
Ferrari announced the German would be leaving at the end of the year.
Alonso won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 to end seven-times champion Michael Schumacher’s long reign.
He moved to McLaren for a tumultuous 2007 season alongside a rookie
Lewis Hamilton but returned to Renault for 2008 and 2009 before moving
to Ferrari and then back to McLaren in 2015.
The two-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner has made the Indianapolis 500
his main target this year in a bid to become only the second man after
the late Graham Hill to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.