After Renault lost Daniel Ricciardo in the wild of this year’s transfer window, everything is expected to be ready for the big return of Fernando Alonso. There were also rumors that the infamous Flavio Briatore could come to Enstone together with the Spaniard.
The German Bild writes with certainty that the negotiations are already quite far away, and the German newspaper is supposed to learn from a reliable source that Ricciardo will be replaced by Alonso and that the deal is almost done. The F1 Insider website also states that Alonso’s return to Renault is only a matter of time.
At the same time, there has been speculation that Renault is losing confidence in team boss Cyril Abiteboul after a disappointment last season and the collapse of negotiations with Ricciardo. The Frenchman could be rumored to be replaced by Flavio Briatore, who left the French team in 2008 after his involvement in the “Crashgate” Affair was revealed.
Tectonic shifts in the racing market were triggered last weeky by the news that Sebastian Vettel will not renew his contract and is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season. The team from Maranello then signed a contract with Carlos Sainz, and the Spaniard will be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo.