Alonso is ready for Formula One return in 2021, says former boss Briatore

LONDON: twice world champion Fernando Alonso is ready for a Formula One return, his former adviser and former boss of the Renault team Flavio Briatore has said amid growing speculation about a return to Renault.

The 38-year-old Spaniard left Formula One at the end of 2018 but is seen as a possible replacement for Australian 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 is expected to take its time before making any driver announcements, with the 2020 season yet to begin due to COVID-19.

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Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel It is also available after Ferrari announced that the German would be leaving at the end of the year.

Alonso won his titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 to end the long reign of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.

He moved to McLaren for a tumultuous 2007 season alongside a rookie. Lewis Hamilton But he returned to Renault for 2008 and 2009 before moving to Ferrari and then to McLaren in 2015.

The two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans has made the Indianapolis 500 his main objective this year in an attempt to become the second man after the late Graham Hill completed the 'Triple Crown of Motorsports'.

The Spaniard will turn 40 next year, but a former Ferrari teammate and 2007 champion Kimi raikkonen He is already that age and continues to compete with Alfa Romeo.

Renault finished fifth overall last year, but represents Alonso's best and possibly only chance of a return.

Ferrari and Red Bull have emphasized youth, while Mercedes is sure to strike a new deal with six-time world champion Hamilton.

Mercedes is the only F1 team with both drivers over the age of 30 and champions are more likely to look for a young man like George Russell, now at Williams, in case they replace Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton seems sure to stay.

McLaren boss Zak Brown He told Sky Sports television that he saw Alonso at Renault as a bit obvious.

I think he is undecided, and if I drove Renault, he would be the one I would put in the car: his great name, fast as anyone, won two championships with them, so he has a history, said the American, who spoke with Alonso. Recently.

Brown said Alonso would take the opportunity to win again, but could be less interested in a team that is still far away.

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