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Alonso linked with Renault

But he has retained close links to F1 and his former team Renault – where he won his world titles in 2005 and 2006 – who now have a vacant seat from 2021 with the departure of Australian Ricciardo.

Alonso’s agent, Flavio Briatore told Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport that Fernando was motivated.

“A year out of Formula One has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him more serene and ready to return,” said Briatore.

Alonso took part in the Dakar Rally, various endurance races and the Indy 500 in his absence from F1.

The drivers’ market briefly kicked into action when Ferrari announced Sebastian Vettel would leave after this season but they promptly signed Carlos Sainz from McLaren, who in turn moved for Renault.


That leaves the French outfit as the most realistic berth for Alonso should he wish to return but the team is considering their position in the sport, not least due to the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

McLaren boss Zak Brown told Sky he saw an Alonso move to Renault as a “bit of a no-brainer”.

“I think he’s undecided, and if I was running Renault, that’s who I’d put in the car: big name, fast as anyone, won two championships with them, so he’s got history,” said the American, who spoke to Alonso recently.

Brown said Alonso would jump at the chance to win again but might be less interested in a team still some way off.

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