Formula 1: Two-time champion Fernando Alonso set to return to Renault in 2021, say reports
Alonso, who left Formula One at the end of 2018 after a final season with McLaren, won his championship titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is set to return to Formula One with Renault in 2021, the BBC reported on Tuesday.
Alonso, who left Formula One at the end of 2018 after a final season with McLaren, won his championship titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
The Spaniard, 38, has made no secret of his desire to return to the Formula One grid, with the French manufacturer having a vacancy.
Alonso could join Frenchman Esteban Ocon and replace Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who is moving to McLaren at the end of the 2020 season.
“I don’t know if he is going to join or not with us but definitely if he could come back here I’d be very happy,” Ocon said last week.
Renault were not immediately available for comment.
Formula 1 had earlier decided to cancel the 25 September race at Sochi following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.
Ferrari's world championship leader Charles Leclerc grabbed pole for the Spanish Grand Prix ahead of Max Verstappen in qualifying at a sweltering Montmelo circuit on Saturday.
Verstappen overcame a sequence of problems to lead his Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez home and claim the lead in this year's title race on a bad day for Ferrari in Sunday's sizzling Spanish Grand Prix.