Sainz, Ricciardo ready for F1 moves while Alonso returns discussed

LONDON: Spanish Carlos Sainz he's in pole position to be Charles Leclerc teammate in Ferrari next year with Australian Daniel Ricciardo established to replace it at McLaren in accordance with Formula One sources.

One source told Reuters there could be an announcement by the end of the week, with reports in Spain and Italy saying talks between McLaren's Sainz and Ferrari were at an advanced stage.

It was also speculated that the double world champion of Spain Fernando Alonso , who left Formula One at the end of 2018, could make a comeback with Renault -- the team he won his titles with in 2005 and 2006.

I see a scenario which is Sainz to Ferrari, Ricciardo to McLaren, and then that leaves a seat at Renault that probably would be Alonso, said former F1 driver and Sky Sports television pundit Martin Brundle.

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The driver merry-go-round was triggered by Ferrari 's announcement on Tuesday that four times world champion Sebastian Vettel would be leaving later this year.

Vettel's future remains uncertain, with the possibility of retiring.

What’s been happening in these past few months has led many of us to reflect on what are our real priorities in life, the German said in Ferrari 's statement.

The 2020 championship has yet to start due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with countries locked in and drivers scattered across the globe.

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Sainz, who made his F1 debut with Italy-based Red Bull's Toro Rosso team, is in Spain, while Ricciardo went to his family's farm near Perth after the Australian Grand Prix was canceled. in March.

Both Sainz, 25, and Ricciardo, 30, are without a contract at the end of the year.

There was no immediate comment from Ferrari, McLaren or Renault.

Ricciardo moved to Red Bull's Renault last season, knowing that the French automaker's team was a work in progress, after McLaren also took a close-up.

Winner of seven great prizes for Red Bull, his best result with Renault to date is fourth place and he has kept his options open.

Everyone knows how this sport works. If another team calls, I won't block the call or anything. I will answer and listen to what they have to say, Ricciardo told Reuters in February.

Sainz was sixth overall in 2019, behind only the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but has yet to win a grand prix.

His third place in Brazil last year was McLaren's first podium since 2014.

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