Fernando Alonso's return is still uncertain, although the Spanish driver has signed a pre-agreement with the Renault team that had already seen him part of the team from 2002 to 2006 and winner of two Formula 1 World Championships.
During the driver market, Renault remained with only one driver - Esteban Ocon - after Sebastian Vettel announced that 2020 would be his last year in Ferrari. The replacement decision was made official only two days later by proclaiming Carlos Sainz as a Ferrari driver alongside Charles Leclerc.
Renault remained uncovered since Daniel Ricciardo signed a contract with McLaren to replace Carlos Sainz in turn.
There was no lack of rumors about a hypothetical return of Fernando Alonso to F1 and especially with Renault.
According to British journalists, under all this there is an agreement that is going on between the Spaniard and the Enstone team.
The English newspaper, the Telegraph, writes: “a few weeks shy of his 39th birthday, he is understood to have signed a pre-agreement to join Renault, the team where he won his two World titles in 2005 and 2006, and who are desperate to use his mercurial charms to rekindle their own faded lustre.”
We can say that Renault has experienced better times when it was certainly among the competitive teams.
Last year at the Monza Grand Prix, Renault got its best positions - P4 and P5 - of the season in four years.
In 2019 Daniel Ricciardo signed with Renault. It was hoped to bring the team back to a higher level, but the season has been quite difficult. This led the Australian to look for another contract for 2021 and got it with McLaren. In addiction, Daniel Ricciardo was vying for the Ferrari seat together with Carlos Sainz.
So Renault is looking for a driver for 2021. Since the team and Spanish driver remained on good terms, the empty place could be occupied by him if he wanted to.
Flavio Briatore, Fernando Alonso's manager, seems determined to return to Formula 1.
In a statement to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Briatore states: “Fernando is motivated,”
“A year out of Formula 1 has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him more serene and ready to return.”