Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is place to create a dramatic return to Renault, using a two-year agreement expected to be announced as early as Wednesday.
Alonso hurried for Renault at 2003-06, winning the F1 world championship in the previous two seasons, before returning to the group 2008-09.
Though much has changed in Renault within recent years there are still lots of individuals at Enstone who know him from his previous stints with the group, such as veteran sporting manager Alan Permane.
He’ll also be reunited with present Renault technical manager Pat Fry, with whom he worked together at both McLaren and Ferrari.
With Daniel Ricciardo leaving Renault at the end of the year to join McLaren, after Carlos Sainz Jr’s move to Ferrari to replace Sebastian Vettel, Renault was analyzing its options to associate Esteban Ocon to get 2021.
Last week group boss Cyril Abiteboul verified that Renault was speaking to”large names”, but he declined to elaborate on the prospects for Alonso.
“We want a fast driver, and also we require a driver that could understand and get into Renault’s job,” he explained.
“We are extremely clear about the essence of our staff. We’re a small exceptional team from the F1 landscape, but in precisely the exact same time a youthful group, still in the building, together with a few struggles – specifically last year.
“Thus we are in need of somebody who’s able to understand all that, and understand that the value of all of the work, energy and integrity we’re placing into that. I am not saying that Daniel [Ricciardo] hasn’t known that, that is absolutely not what I am talking. I am discussing the future.
“So we’re speaking to a couple titles, a few big names, therefore lesser known names. We’re taking the moment, making certain there’s a fantastic alignment between what we are and exactly what a team is seeking to become in a group such as ours.”
Asked a week to get his ideas on Alonso as a possible team-mate at 2021, Ocon stated he’d be pleased if it occurred.
“My personal decision doesn’t have any relation to what the group will perform,” said the Frenchman. “I’ve got a fantastic connection with Fernando. The helmet I’ve and the only swap I did between the motorists was together with him.
“He had been the one with Michael [Schumacher], his struggles back in the afternoon, which gave me the most passion for the game.
“I do not know if he is going to join or not together with usbut definitely when he could return, I would be quite pleased.”
Alonso, that resides 40 at July following year, last raced in F1 with McLaren in 2018 and his immediate attention is about contesting this year’s Indy 500 together with the Arrow McLaren SP team.